When you think of Florida, the first thing that comes to mind is white sandy beaches, aqua blue waters, and the unique marine life that inhabit these serene waters. From the Panhandle down to the Keys, Florida’s coastline serves as a piece of paradise for millions of people living, boating, and traveling here every day. Here at Galati Yacht Sales, we love our Florida beaches and marine life just as much as the next person. Unfortunately, due to dangers that emerge every day such as harmful algal blooms, oil spills, and rising sea levels, our oceans and marine life are at serious risk. Although we can’t control some of these factors, we can always do our part to help protect our marine life and keep our oceans cleaner.
Often, we as boaters and beachgoers take the ocean and what lies within it for granted. For our Florida marine life, the ocean is more than a blue water arena and a place to escape reality. Many of these marine species are fighting to keep their nesting spots and homes from getting destroyed. All while living in trash and litter from in-land variables, beachgoers, and boaters every day. The ripple effect—many Florida marine species are endangered or threatened due to careless actions.
So, as we start to enjoy Florida’s beautiful coastal waters this boating season, we want you to be aware of guidelines we should all be following to help protect our Florida marine life and beaches.
Get involved. Whether it’s a local weekly beach cleanup or volunteering for a wildlife sanctuary, there is much we can to help play a part in protecting our Florida marine life and oceans. Call up your local marine rescue resource organization and ask how you can get involved.
Galati Yacht Sales is proud to a part of the Clean Marina Program. A voluntary designation program with a proactive approach to environmental stewardship. To become designated as a Florida Clean Marina, facilities must implement a set of environmental measures designed to protect Florida’s waterways and marine species. These measures address critical environmental issues such as endangered marine life habitats, waste management, stormwater control, spill prevention, and emergency preparedness.
GYS is also a proud supporter of the Billfish Foundation. A non-profit organization working worldwide to advance the conservation of Billfish and associated species— to improve the health of oceans and economies. The organization has managed to distinguish itself from other fish conservation organizations through a sustained emphasis on synthesizing science and policy into effective, yet reasonable, fishery management solutions. These solutions are good for the fish and not punishable to recreational anglers.
In addition, history was made in 2018 with the development of the first-ever Underwater Museum of Art in the nation! Thanks to the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA), permanent underwater art pieces are deployed into the Gulf to develop into artificial reefs. Every year a juried selection of art pieces are installed in the underwater garden. These pieces quickly attract a large variety of marine life and overtime will metamorphize into a living reef. Galati Yacht Sales was proud to sponsor this awesome achievement in growing our local ecosystem and supporting marine life in.
To report marine mammal violations, such as people feeding, attempting to feed, or harassing marine mammals in the wild, please contact the national NOAA Fisheries Enforcement Hotline: 1-800-853-1964. Information can be left anonymously.
If you are intrigued by Florida’s marine species and waterways plan a visit to the gulf coast. Galati Yacht Sales offers charter vacations along Florida’s gulf coast, including Sarasota, Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Anna Maria Island. Enjoy a hands-off, luxury yachting experience on the water with family & friends. Not to mention, take in the sights of local marine life and experience the ocean in a whole new way. Let us help you discover a new way to vacation.