Miami Chicken Key Clean-Up


Canoe out to Chicken Key! Collect marine debris, swim, picnic, and earn three extra-credit points all in one…with Professor Bailly and your FIU Honors College classmates!

Wednesday 07 March 2018, 10:00 – 15:00

Tuesday 03 April 2018, 10:00 – 15:00

These two events are ONLY for FIU Honors College students currently enrolled in classes with Professor Bailly. Space is limited to 20 students per day. The first to respond to Bailly’s email requesting volunteers will get the spots. Students must arrive at the Deering Estate by 10:00.

Professor John William Bailly of FIU Honors College organizes snorkeling cleanups with university students. Marine debris is prevalent not only along the Miami coast, but also under the ocean’s surface. The irreparable damage of this pollution on the flora and fauna of South Florida is tangible to any that enters the water: habitat destruction, wildlife entanglement, and the resulting deaths of marine mammals.

If you wish to participate in Bailly’s Miami Ocean Cleanup, here is how to prepare.

  1. Contact Professor Bailly at
  2. If the Cleanup is at the Deering Estate, you will need to complete the required volunteer paperwork.
  3. Each participant will receive certified volunteer hours from the Deering Estate.
  4. Bring your own mask, snorkel, gloves, and fins.
  5. Bring a reusable water bottle and a snack (energy bar and fruit are good).
  6. Bailly suggests you wear a long sleeve swim shirt.
  7. Always wear sunscreen.
  8. If you are comfortable with it, bring a knife to cut ropes and fishing line out of mangroves.
  9. We will encounter lots of marine life: manatees, sharks, crabs, stingrays. Always look, but never touch. Also, always check cans for octopus, crab, or fish before removing from water.
  10. Bring your GoPro or camera. Bailly will post photos on web.

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