News releases regarding Florida Keys diving and the Vandenberg Artificial Reef project. Vandenberg photos and video can be found in the Digital Media Assets section of this Web site.
15 October 2018

Divers Carve Pumpkins Underwater in Florida Keys

With their favorite marine creatures in mind, a creative group of scuba divers submerged 30 feet beneath the surface in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary to pare subsea jack-o-lanterns — all competing in the annual Underwater Pumpkin Carving contest that took place Sunday in the waters off Key Largo.
28 September 2018

Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest Set for Oct. 14 in Key Largo

Divers can compete to wow judges with jolly jack-o-lanterns during the lighthearted 2018 Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest scheduled Sunday, Oct. 14, in waters off Key Largo.
21 August 2018

Key Largo’s Annual REEF Fest to Celebrate Florida Keys Marine Conservation

Ocean lovers who enjoy diving, snorkeling, paddleboarding, kayaking or glass-bottom boat tours are invited to explore and learn more about Florida Keys coral reefs during the annual REEF Fest, Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 20-23, in Key Largo.
09 July 2018

Keys Underwater Music Festival Spotlights Coral Reef Protection

A unique sub-sea concert had about 400 divers and snorkelers rocking this past weekend as they explored part of the continental United States' only living coral barrier reef.
19 June 2018

Florida Keys Reefs’ Annual Reproduction is a Fantastical Underwater Occurrence

Night divers soon can submerge on Florida Keys reefs for a chance to witness a fascinating yet fragile underwater reproductive phenomenon that occurs when coral polyps release millions of gametes (eggs and sperm) in synchronized mass-spawning rituals.
01 May 2018

Six Underwater Adventures Found Only in the Keys

Visitors to the Florida Keys can snorkel or dive on the continental United States’ only contiguous living coral barrier reef — which makes the destination a paradise for underwater enthusiasts. The Keys tract is home to stunning coral formations and brilliantly hued tropical fish. 
13 March 2018

Key West Ocean Fest to Benefit Florida Keys’ Coral Reef Environment

Ocean enthusiasts and eco-travelers can salute the unique marine environment of the Florida Keys island chain, which includes the continental United States’ only living coral barrier reef, Saturday, April 14, during Mote Marine Laboratory’s Ocean Fest: A Community Celebration.
02 August 2017

Key Largo’s REEF Fest to Celebrate Florida Keys Marine Conservation

REEF Fest, a celebration of marine conservation’s positive impact on the Florida Keys and around the world, enables ocean aficionados to experience social events, eco-adventures and presentations by renowned marine experts Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 28 through Oct. 1, in Key Largo.
20 July 2017

Information Booth to Provide Spiny Lobster Sport Season Guidelines

An information booth geared to help travelers coming to the Florida Keys for lobster mini-season is to open Saturday, July 22, at Key Largo's Waldorf Plaza, mile marker 100 oceanside near the top of the Florida Keys Overseas Highway.
20 July 2017

Florida Keys Reefs’ Annual Reproduction Is a Fantastical Underwater Occurrence

Night divers are to take to Florida Keys reefs for a chance to witness a delicate reproductive phenomenon that occurs when coral polyps release millions of gametes (eggs and sperm) in synchronized mass-spawning rituals. The event is likely to occur around the August and September full moons.