CRMA News and Events

The date is set!  The Conquest of Ramrod Key will happen at 9am on Saturday, September 1st.  This event will be held in conjunction with a co-cleanup dive happening just off shore to remove ghost traps and underwater debris.  We need near-shore folks manning kayaks and wading out to debris close to land.  And as always, we need ground-based people to assist in pulling out what the “water team” drags in.

Kayak rentals can be made through our online store.  Just click here.  And why not buy a shirt while you’re at it!

Even if you don’t think that you can do the physical activities, come on out anyway.  There are plenty of jobs that don’t require strength or endurance.  Hand out water.  Offer encouragement.  Take photos.  All are welcome.

Specifics as far as a meeting place to be announced soon …


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Debris Removed To Date

After 12 epic battles, we have removed 186,980 documented pounds of debris from the Florida Keys.  That’s 93.5 tons!  But sadly, that grand total is from only a few miles of shoreline.  A rough goal is we have around two million pounds of debris in the Florida Keys to remove.  And that’s if nothing else comes along and adds to the total.  We are ramping up as quickly as possible, but there is just so much to do.  With your help, we will get to the point where the wildlife can again flourish.  Come out to an event.  Together, we can restore our marine habitats.

Our Story

Hurricane Irma impacted the Florida Keys on September 10th, 2017 … in more ways than one.  Many lives ended.  Homes were destroyed.  And we were left with devastation of almost unimaginable proportions.

But … !

We are known as The Conch Republic.  And we have a special kind of unrelenting drive and optimism.  We do not back down, nor do we quit.  When we see neighbors who need assistance, we help.  Unconditionally.  When we see a need, we volunteer.  And so an army was created.  An army of people, both from within the Republic and outside our borders, who came together to restore what Irma took away, and to make everyone’s lives better.

As time progressed, we were able to expand our operations from simple cleanup, to restoration and preservation of our waterways, bays, and ocean.

Please visit us on Facebook and follow along.  Join our events.  Toss in what you can to help.  Or just offer encouragement.  We thank you, and the Conch Republic thanks you.

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