Coral Reef Surveys


DISCOVERY Yacht Isabel
February 12, 2021

On February 12th, 2021, The International SeaKeepers Society assisted The Surfrider Foundation and Conservation Key in conducting field research at the RJ’s Ledge reef aboard DISCOVERY Yacht Isabel, a 38’ 1973 Bertram sport fisher. Surfrider’s Regional Manager for Florida and Puerto Rico, Marilu Flores, and volunteer Ryan Darling again utilized a commercial grade submersible drone/ROV ( in this case, a Trident underwater drone from Sofar Ocean) to do coral reef surveys. The surveys are being done for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to document any signs of coral bleaching, disease, or degradation in reefs just off the south Florida coast; specifically offshore of Miami.

Expedition Profile

Partner Sites
The Surfrider Foundation
Conservation Key