CRMA - The Conch Republic Marine Army

Who We Are

On September 10th, 2017 the Florida Keys was hit by Hurricane Irma. It devastated the land as well as the ocean and bay. Much of what was once on solid ground was thrown into the mangroves, waters, and back country, where it continues to wreak incredible havoc on the environment and ecosystem.

The Conch Republic Marine Army was initially formed as a volunteer organization to go where large scale operations were not. Using kayaks, canoes, and manual labor, we have removed 295,770 documented pounds of debris.  That’s 147.9 tons after twenty-eight epic battles by volunteers offering their time and passion. (It also includes 704,000 feet of trap line removed from the mangroves!).

But sadly, that grand total is from only a few miles of shoreline. A rough goal is we have around two million pounds of debris in the Florida Keys to remove. And that’s if nothing else comes along and adds to the total.

So the next step in our evolution is to expand our volunteer operations into a full-time assault on the problem. And that’s where you come in.

Where We’re Going

We have boats and equipment that have been donated to us. We have waterfront land that has been made available for our headquarters, where we will not only have an education center, but also a place to launch full-time operations dedicated to marine cleanup and habitat restoration. But taking this generosity and turning it into the large scale effort that is required to tackle the problem in front of us takes funding. And support from organizations and people like you.

Visibility

Exposure from the media and corporate world has been incredible. Please watch these clips to see what we’ve accomplished and where we’re going.

Your Next Steps

Please reach out to Brian Vest, our President, for more information on how you can help us reduce the impact on the environment that was wrought by Hurricane Irma.

His email address is brian@conchrepublicmarinearmy.org.



Corporate Overview

The CRMA is more than just a volunteer organization.  We are also a business.  We have a management team that oversees daily operations, and a board of directors that works with that team to create strategic plans.  Read more about our corporate structure.

About Our Sponsors

In addition to donors like you, we have a large number of sponsors who have given services, goods, and their valuable time to the CRMA.  Please take a moment and visit our sponsors page to learn more.

More Information On Getting Started

If you would like to see our volunteers in action, please look over our social media sites like Facebook. We have an incredibly active community. Watch some of the interviews and videos that have been made about us. And thank you in advance for your involvement.