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Posted on: January 10, 2022

COUNTY AND PARTNERS REMOVE 80 DERELICT VESSELS FROM KEYS WATERS IN 2021

A 42 foot boat with heavy sea growth sits on land after being removed from local waters.

Monroe County’s Marine Resources Derelict Vessel Program removes an average of 60 derelict vessels each year in partnership with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Division of Law Enforcement and pre-qualified marine contractors. In 2021, Monroe County facilitated the removal of 80 derelict vessels from public waters in the Florida Keys.

“Removal of these vessels results in significant safety improvements in recreational boating access and recovery of sensitive marine habitats,” said Monroe County Marine Resources Administrator Celia Hitchins.

In 2021, Monroe County received $313,639 in grant funding from the FWC Derelict Vessel Grant Program. These grant funds provided the removal costs associated with 49 of the 80 derelict vessels. Monroe County’s Boating Improvement Fund, funded by recreational vessel registration fees, provided $154,972 to remove the other 31 vessels. The total spent on removals in 2021 was $468,611. 

To report a derelict vessel, contact the FWC Division of Law Enforcement at 888-404-FWCC.

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