Scott on kayak duty.

For as much time as we spend taking advantage of the beautiful waters, beaches, and coral that surround us in Key West at Fury Water Adventures, it’s nice to spend an afternoon offshore taking care of it. And that’s precisely what we did on Sunday. The “boss men,” Scott and Marius, led the charge offshore to Boca Grande, accompanied by our crew and volunteers from the community.

Liam at the helm.

We also hosted officials from the US Fish & Wildlife Service and NOAA’s Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary to educate us on the ecosystem and the importance of keeping our mangroves and Key West beaches pollution free and healthy.

The clean up went extremely well and we picked up a lot of trash. In fact, Scott told us that we picked up much more than  the officials from NOAA expected.

Boca Grande is part of the National Wildlife Refuge System, and in the Gulf  this habitat is particularly important to the juvenile fish and migratory bird population. We want to be able to share this spectacular ecosystem with generations to come, so it’s important that we make cleanup a priority.

We hope it will be one of many to come. Be sure to peek in on Facebook for more pictures of the cleanup.

Shayne Benowitz is a Fury crew member and freelance writer. Email her at shayne@furykeywest.com and follow the fun on Twitter @FuryKeyWest and @ShayneBenowitz.