Mollie Sinnott, Reef Injury Prevention and Response Coordinator & Melissa Sathe, Reef Injury Prevention and Response Technician
From left: United States Coast Guard Auxiliary member Dan Hess, Field & Administrative Assistant Kristina Trotta, Reef Injury Prevention and Response Coordinator Mollie Sinnott and United States Coast Guard Auxiliary member William Tejerio.
The Reef Injury Prevention and Response (RIPR ) has reaching out to the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary to get the word out about Florida’s Coral Reef Protection Act. RIPR staff made presentations and will continue to present at flotilla and division meetings about how to protect our reefs. The presentation will be incorporated into boater safety classes throughout southeast Florida, teaching new boaters how to use mooring buoys, anchor in safe locations, and abide by the Coral Reef Protection Act. Additionally, RIPR staff promoted newly developed products: a Mooring Buoy Map of Southeast Florida and an instruction card on how to use a smart phone app designed to show one’s live position over the reefs while boating. These products will also be distributed by the Auxiliary members at vessel inspections in an effort to reach more of the boating community. These products provide boaters with a way of safely diving and fishing our local reefs and we look forward to our growing partnership with the Auxiliary.