Ten Keymandments Florida Keys Visitors Guide

While the Bible’s Ten Commandments advise people what NOT to do, these “Ten Keymandments” are designed to guide visitors in what you CAN do to have meaningful, memorable vacations while respecting and helping preserve the Florida Keys environment.

An education campaign focusing on the preservation of the environment is being introduced to motorists entering the Florida Keys via U.S. 1.


Scuba Divers Looking at the Coral in the Florida Keys Ten Keymandments

  1. Plant a coral (or adopt one of the cute little things, but don’t touch them on the reef)
  2. Support the wildlife (volunteer food, funds or time to a local wild bird center)

    Marathon Wild Bird CenterKey West Wildlife Center – Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center

  3. Take out the trash (especially if it’s floating in the water)

Lionfish Caught Underwater in the Florida Keys Ten Keymandments

  1. Capture a lionfish (any time and any size — we can show you how) Lionfish: Menace to the Atlantic BasinHunting Invasive Lionfish Help’s How to Fillet a Lionfish – Video
  2. Leave a digital footprint (share pictures with fans, friends and followers)
  3. Hike it, bike it or hoof it (it’s low on eco-impact and high on fresh tropical air)
  4. Catch dinner (and release all the fish you know you can’t eat)

    Why Catch and Release – FWC How to Catch and Release Fish for Maximum Survival

Boat Tied to Mooring Buoy in the Florida Keys Ten Keymandments

  1. Use a mooring buoy at dive sites (save your back and leave the anchor alone)
  2. Conserve vs. consume (reduce, reuse and recycle even on vacation)
  3. Get off the beaten path (you can hike, bike, walk, kayak or paddleboard along Keys trails)

Source: Ten Keymandments Florida Keys Visitors Guide