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Press Release: Citizen scientists and a Coral Reef Initiative for Florida   Leave a comment

Press Release for Ocean Rehab Initiative Inc.

Ocean Rehab Initiative Inc. a Florida and Palm Beach County based Public Charity 501(c)(3)  Non-profit will train and certify recreational divers to become “citizen scientists” utilizing local donations and grants.

Our first Reef Check volunteer diver course will train 9 citizen scientists to survey reefs and reef health for Palm Beach County starting on Monday and concluding with certification and graduation on Wednesday.

We will have 2 classroom sessions held at the Village of Tequesta Recreation Center followed by 2 Dives in Palm Beach County from Lake Park Marina.

Reef Check is the world’s largest volunteer coral reef monitoring community with over 150 countries participating and we are proud to have them back.

Reef Check has previously been successful in obtaining globally respected and recognized baseline data in Florida, specific to the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary in 1997. Follow the link to get the FKNMS/NOAA summary.

We invite you to join us for the Classroom session or the Dive.

This is a monumental step towards protecting Florida’s Reefs and Lifestyle.

Ocean Rehab can also provide underwater video of the reef survey for your story if you like.

Please Contact William Djubin at 561-308-8848 or for any inquiries.


William Djubin

President Ocean Rehab Initiative Inc.

301 Clematis Street Suite 3000

West Palm Beach, FL 33401


2010 International Coastal Cleanup event in Jupiter   Leave a comment

Ocean Conservancy 2010 International Coastal Cleanup event in Jupiter.

The Flyer is attached and download capable just click the link below:

Coral Cover Park Flyer 2010 International Coastal Cleanup

#1 Responder Award for Gulf Oil Event presentation.   Leave a comment

Ocean Rehab’s #1 Responder Award for the Gulf Oil Event:


Dwan Saves Wildlife poster and image

-Our choice for the Award is DAWN ; of “Dawn Saves Wildlife“, I can not image these days without Dawn.
Thanks Dawn.
Everyday Wildlife Champions | Facebook

Awesome work and passion.

Responder Award for Gulf Oil Event, July 2010   Leave a comment

Ocean Rehab’s #1 Responder Award for the Gulf Oil Event:

Dawn Saves Wildlife Poster

"Dawn Saves Wildlife" Poster and Image

 -Our choice for the Award is DAWN ; of “Dawn Saves Wildlife”, I can not image these days without Dawn. Thanks Dawn.

Awesome work and passion, Wow.

Florida Dive Industry reaction to Oil Spill; Video   2 comments

Help us to save this valuable resource.

“The video was not made for you; it was created for species that can not speak for themselves”. 

quote from Crew member of Catch Clean Cook TV,  Ocean Rehab volunteer, videographer and activist- Mr. David Desrochers II.

David-  you spoke a trillion words.

Oil Spill habitat surveys with Endangered Sea Turtles   Leave a comment

2010 BP Oil Spill habitat surveys with Endangered Sea Turtles

-this video was shot during the Ocean Rehab Initiative Inc. oil spill habitat survey of Palm Beach County reef systems on June 22, 2010 by volunteer Tammy L. Obviously PBC Reefs are critical habitat for Endangered Sea Turtles like this mature Loggerhead.

Oil Spill Habitat surveys for Martin County Reefs   Leave a comment

Sunday-Oil Spill Habitat surveys for Martin County Reefs on tap with Ocean Rehab.

Ocean Rehab oil spill habitat surveys; Breakers Reef

This weekend we will Disaster Habitat Survey Martin County Reef Ecosystems, this is the ongoing Ocean Rehab Initiative Inc pre oil spill Habitat Surveys for Florida’s Atlantic Coast.

Ocean Rehab has Surveyed Reefs and Wetlands in the Following Counties: Monroe County, Dade County, Broward County, Palm Beach County, St. Lucie County, Indian River County

-Brevard County is to follow Martin County surveys, stay informed and volunteer for this great event.

Martin County Site locations for Surveys on Sunday:

Bull Shark Barge 27° 08.233’ 80° 07.344’ – 45ft. water
 35 2.0 nm 
George’s Valentine (House of Refuge) 27° 11.880’ 80° 09.800’ –
18 ft. water -9 2.3 nm 
Shrimper Boat (Wreck) 27° 08.559’ 80° 04.541’-  50 ft. water 40 3.7 nm 

After choosing which Artificial Reef we will dive in South County (listed above), we will conclude the surveys with Nearshore Shallow Reef transects of these reefs. 

There are three Nearshore Reef sites that are in about 16 to 22 feet of water and are about 1000 feet from the shoreline.  These sites are the best for snorkeling because they are in shallow water.
The near shore reefs are popular for both fishing and snorkeling and have an abundance of fish including Goliath Grouper, Stingrays, Snook, and bait fish.
Nearshore Reef A is 900 feet from shore just south of the public beach in Jensen Beach.  Nearshore Reef A is located at:  Latitude N 27° 14.412’ Longitude W 80° 11.098
Nearshore Reef B is 1000 feet east of the Tiger Shores beach access area.
Nearshore Reef B is located at: Latitude N 27° 13.533’ Longitude W 80° 11.098 80° 10.647’
Nearshore Reef C is just south of Nearshore Reef B. It is the largest of the three Nearshore Reef C and has the most marine life of the three near shore reefs. 

Please visit Ocean Rehab Initiative Inc. and support our efforts to inventory Florida Critical Habitat before the Oil Spill damages this ecosystem.  Thank You..!!!!