Our Plastic Ocean


How much plastic have you used today? Chances are, quite a bit.

Plastic is found in products all around us and has become an integral part of our daily lives. Unfortunately, plastic is often not disposed of properly and is threatening the health of our oceans. From bottle caps and fishing lines to plastic bags and packaging, about 8 million tons of plastic enters the ocean each year. Most of this plastic is considered "single use" and is designed to be thrown away after just a few minutes.

Just how bad is the problem?

Yuck! Your Favorite Swim Spot Is a Lot Grosser Than You Realize

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“The effects of swimming in polluted water can range from mild to severe depending on the toxin or pathogen, the length of exposure, and concentration of pollutant, Rachel Silverstein, PhD, Executive Director and Waterkeeper of Miami Waterkeeper, tells Yahoo Health.”

Environmentalists: Don't Trust Army Corps on Port Everglades Dredging

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“We definitely feel like the lessons weren’t learned, and we had to lose a whole reef in Miami. We want people to do better next time, but there has been no effort to improve their plans,” Silverstein says. “But I don’t think this is the end of the line in the process.”

Miami cuts Virginia Key mangroves to make way for boat show

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“Mangroves have long been protected because they provide a critical barrier between land and water: their tangled roots help trap sediment and protect coastal areas from hurricanes while providing food and shelter for fish. Researchers found that reefs located near mangroves can have 25 times more fish, said Miami Waterkeeper executive director Rachel Silverstein.

Federal officials estimate that northern Biscayne Bay has lost 82 percent of its mangrove. Since 1996, cutting a mangrove in Miami-Dade County has required a county permit.”

MWK is awarded a Waitt Foundation Rapid Ocean Conservation Grant!

We are thrilled to announce that we were awarded a Rapid Ocean Conservation (ROC) Grant from the Waitt Foundation. These grants provide quick-turnaround funding to address emergent conservation issues. This type of funding is rare and critically important for conservation because these grants can be used to address sudden crises, such as algal blooms, oil spills, or coral bleaching. When environmental issues need an immediate response, waiting through a typical grant cycle be too slow.

How Miami Power Women Are Relaxing This Summer

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“I love the sunshine and the water, and we get plenty of both living in Miami. I run a nonprofit that does clean water advocacy in Miami, so connecting with the water and the beach is very important to me. The summer is the perfect time to scuba dive, paddleboard, kayak, and swim, of course followed by a beach picnic or barbecue.

Miami also has a bounty of local foods available during the summer. Everyone’s trees are literally bursting with mangos—more than you could eat. It’s also lobster season in the summer. You can dive right from the beach and find a gourmet dinner waiting for you. I think that a meal tastes even better if you know who grew the mango or caught your lobster.” –Rachel Silverstein, executive director and waterkeeper at Miami Waterkeeper

Phil Kushlan joins the Board of Directors of BBWK


Biscayne Bay Waterkeeper is thrilled to announce the addition of our newest board member, Phil Kushlan.

Phil is a Ph.D. student at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and received a Maytag Fellowship to study coral resiliency under climate change conditions.

BBWK's First Science Paper is Out!


Biscayne Bay Waterkeeper’s first peer reviewed journal article is out! BBWK partnered with Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch for this study that examines the sustainability of U.S. fisheries. We found that 98% of U.S., wild-caught fisheries are considered “best choice” or “good alternative” eco-friendly choices, according to Monterey Bay Aquarium”s Seafood Watch. While it was found that the majority of U.S. fisheries are rated “Best Choice” or “Good Alternative”, only 19% received the top “Best Choice” rating. This limitation was primarily due to bycatch concerns.

Despite Protections, Miami Port Project Smothers Coral Reef in Silt

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This Scientist Made Superhero Headlines. Why Doesn’t That Happen More Often?

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“Conservation biologists, for the most part, are supremely passionate about the places and things they study. If a call comes in the middle of the night, the professional culture within conservation biology encourages scientists to answer. Biscayne Bay Waterkeeper. “The problem comes with concentration, and if there are too many people in one spot peeing in the ocean or sewage spills there can be big problems.”

Check out this blog from Miami Waterkeeper!
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