Tour companies in Florida have joined forces in a combined effort to clean up the fragile underwater ecosystem in the wake of Hurricane Irma, which devastated the region late last year.

The effort was organized through the Blue Star Program established by the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, whose primary aim is to reduce the impact of divers and anglers on the reef.

So far, eight tour operators have joined up with Blue Star, and the cleanup effort started in May 2018 in preparation for the summer season. Even though there is a significant amount of marine debris to be cleaned up, the majority of debris found so far was old fishing gear, traps and lines.

You can find out more about Blue Star here, and how you can help here.

Check out a video of the Blue Star Program below.

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Sam Helmy is a TDI/SDI Instructor Trainer, and PADI Staff and Trimix Instructor. Diving for 28 years, a dive pro for 14, I have traveled extensively chasing my passion for diving. I am passionate about everything diving, with a keen interest in exploration, Sharks and big stuff, Photography and Decompression theory. Diving is definitely the one and only passion that has stayed with me my whole life!

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