Southeast Florida Reef News - A Publication of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Coral Reef Conservation Program
Winter 2014
Coral Reef Conservation Program Update
DEP’S Coral Reef Conservation Program Kicks Off Community Working Groups for Coral Reefs
Christopher Boykin
Awareness and Appreciation Coordinator
~Working groups established to make coral reef management recommendations~

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Coral Reef Conservation Program held a kick-off meeting for the Our Florida Reefs Community Working Groups Thursday evening at NOVA Southeastern University's Center for Excellence in Coral Reef Research campus. The Our Florida Reefs community planning process for Florida’s coral reefs is the largest project to date by the program. The evening was sponsored...

DEP's Coral Reef Conservation Program Welcomes New Field and Administrative Assistant
Kristina Trotta

Kristina Trotta joined the Coral Reef Conservation Program in 2013 as the Field and Administrative Assistant.  In this role, she works with the Awareness and Appreciation, Land-Based Sources of Pollution, and Reef Injury Prevention and Restoration programs on a wide variety of projects.  She also coordinates the internship program and conducts field work.  In addition, Kristina is a graduate student at Nova Southeastern University where she is studying the socioeconomics of the lionfish derby fishery as well as...

Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative Update
Welcome the New Our Florida Reefs Program Assistant
Benjamin Wahle

Benjamin Wahle has been brought on to the Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) Team to be the first Our Florida Reefs Program Assistant. Benjamin received his Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Biology & Management from the University of California at Davis. After graduating, he completed an internship and worked in a wide range of marine-related programs, including ocean safety, marine conservation policy, and marine/environmental education. Benjamin’s work has taken him across the country from Monterey, CA to Washington, DC and the Florida Keys. Benjamin will be...

Announcing New Land Based Sources of Pollution Coordinator
Jenny Baez

On October 13, 2013, the DEP’s Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) welcomed Jennifer Jordan Báez as the new Land-based Sources of Pollution (LBSP) Coordinator. A south Florida native, Jenny earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees from Florida State University’s Department of Biological Sciences. Furthermore, she comes to CRCP from FDEP’s Southeast District office, where she reviewed permit applications, conducted permit compliance, and managed enforcement cases for the Environmental Resources Program (ERP). Jenny’s professional experience is broad, working on coral reef...

SEFCRI Welcomes New Technical Advisory Committee Members
Lauren Waters
Assistant Manager

In the past, members of the Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative’s (SEFCRI) Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) were experts in pollution issues. The SEFCRI Team realized that with the start of “Our Florida Reefs” they needed experts in a variety of topics. The “Our Florida Reefs” Community Working Groups will be discussing reef management options. Therefore, the SEFCRI wanted to make sure to have experts in topics like natural resource management and climate change. The SEFCRI Vice-Chairs reviewed many applications and selected 24 new TAC members. Please welcome the...

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Reef Injury Prevention and Response Update
Coral Reef Conservation Program Kicks Off First Large Scale Restoration Project
Jena Sansgaard
Reef Injury Prevention and Response Coordinator
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DEP Participates in Annual Collaborative Effort to Assess Coral Reef Health
Karen Bohnsack
Reef Resilience Coordinator
You can view the schedule for meetings, workshops, meeting summaries and more for the Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Coral Reef Conservation Program online.
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Coral Reef Conservation Program
1277 NE 79th Street Causeway
Miami, FL 33138
Phone: 305-795-1233