Southeast Florida Reef News - A Publication of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Coral Reef Conservation Program
Fall Issue 2009 September 1 - December 31, 2009
Coral Reef Conservation Program Update
Looking to the Future
By Chantal Collier, Manager
FDEP Coral Reef Conservation Program
As we enter 2010, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) is looking forward to the future of coral reef conservation and management in Florida. The past year marked the fifth anniversary of the FDEP CRCP and, noting this milestone, CRCP staff took the opportunity to reflect on the origins of the program, challenges, accomplishments and directions in which CRCP has grown.

When the FDEP CRCP was established in 2004, it was tasked with three primary directives:

  • facilitate completion of...
Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative Update
Bal Harbour Reef Restoration Accomplished
By Brett Godfrey
Reef Injury Prevention & Response Coordinator


SEFCRI REPORTS
You can view all of the completed project reports and work products online.
CLICK HERE
Reef Injury Prevention and Response Update
Bal Harbour Reef Restoration Accomplished
By Brett Godfrey
Reef Injury Prevention & Response Coordinator
Learn more about
Florida's New
CORAL REEF
PROTECTION ACT
CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS
Other Programs
2009 Coral Bleaching Monitoring Data Gathered and Reported
By Jamie Monty
Fishing, Diving & Other Uses Project Coordinator
UPCOMING MEETINGS
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.
CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS
http://www.dep.state.fl.us/ http://coralreef.noaa.gov/ http://www.noaa.gov/
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Coral Reef Conservation Program
1277 NE 79th Street Causeway
Miami, FL 33138
E-mail: coral@dep.state.fl.us
Phone: 305-795-1233
  Fall Issue 2009 September 1 - December 31, 2009  
           
 
Coral Reef Conservation Program Update: Looking to the Future
By Chantal Collier, Manager
FDEP Coral Reef Conservation Program
As we enter 2010, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) is looking forward to the future of coral reef conservation and management in Florida. The past year marked the fifth anniversary of the FDEP CRCP and, noting this milestone, CRCP staff took the opportunity to reflect on the origins of the program, challenges, accomplishments and directions in which CRCP has grown.
When the FDEP CRCP was established in 2004, it was tasked with three primary directives:
  • facilitate completion of the goals, objectives and projects to be included in the 2004 Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative (SEFCRI) Local Action Strategy (LAS);
  • organize and facilitate SEFCRI Team implementation of SEFCRI LAS projects; and
  • support Florida’s role as a member of the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force (USCRTF).

Today, 127 of the 140 LAS projects identified in 2004 are complete or underway, and FDEP CRCP staff now serve as the lead points of contact for Florida to the USCRTF and many of its working groups. The original intent was for the SEFCRI Team to implement the majority of the LAS projects but implementation of most projects has fallen to FDEP CRCP, with invaluable, but varying, levels of support from team members.

Since 2004, in addition to its initial directives, FDEP CRCP has been charged with new responsibilities. For instance, southeast Florida’s Reef Injury Prevention and Response Program was developed and has led the response to and, in many cases, primary restoration for, 52 grounding, ...


Kick-off Meeting Held for Project Aimed at Improving Protection of Coral Resources
By Joanna Walczak
Assistant Manager/ Maritime Industry & Coastal Construction Impacts Project Coordinator

Annual MICCI Focus Team Meeting
– October 7, 2009.
Photo: Troy Craig, FDEP CRCP


Kick-off Meeting Held for Project Aimed at Improving Protection of Coral Resources
At a kick-off meeting held on December 3, 2009, two federal Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative (SEFCRI) partners agreed to lead the completion of MICCI Combined Project 5, 10, 12: Presentation of resource protection information to the coastal construction industry to improve protection of coral resources. Melody White, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) member of the MICCI Team, is currently completing a six-month training detail with MICCI Team Federal Navigator, Jocelyn Karazsia, of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service’s (NMFS) Habitat Conservation Division. With guidance from the project team, White will plan and facilitate a meeting aimed at transferring resource protection information between invited participants from the coastal construction industry and local, state, and federal agency representatives. The objective of this project is to educate project developers, managers and contractors about alternative coastal construction practices that enhance coral reef protection. For example, fully surveying reefs prior to submitting a permit application provides agencies with the necessary information to appropriately review proposed project permits using best m ...


INSIDE THIS ISSUE
Coral Reef Conservation Program Update: Looking to the Future
Kick-off Meeting Held for Project Aimed at Improving Protection of Coral Resources
Coral Reef Identification Classes Planned for Earth Month 2010
Florida Reef Resilience Program Update: 2009 Coral Bleaching Monitoring Data Gathered and Reported
Reef Injury Prevention and Response Program Update: Bal Harbour Reef Restoration Accomplished
New Reef Map Designed for Coral Reef Education Signs at Boat Ramps
Six Opportunities for Coral Reef Outreach at Community Events
   
Coral Reef Identification Classes Planned for Earth Month 2010
By Christopher Boykin - Awareness & Appreciation Project Coordinator
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (FDEP) Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) invites you to celebr ...
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Florida Reef Resilience Program Update: 2009 Coral Bleaching Monitoring Data Gathered and Reported
By Jamie Monty - Fishing, Diving & Other Uses Project Coordinator
Between July and September of 2009, Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) Coral Reef Conservation Progra ...
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SEFCRI REPORTS
You can view all of the completed SEFCRI project reports and work products online.
Click here

Reef Injury Prevention and Response Program Update: Bal Harbour Reef Restoration Accomplished
By Brett Godfrey - Reef Injury Prevention & Response Coordinator
Bal Harbour Reef Restoration Accomplished
In August 2009, Miami-Dade County’s Department of Environmental Resources Manag ...
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Learn more about Florida's New

CORAL REEF
PROTECTION ACT


Click Here for Details

New Reef Map Designed for Coral Reef Education Signs at Boat Ramps
By Christopher Boykin - Awareness & Appreciation Project Coordinator
Newly designed map of southeast Florida and adjacent coral reefs. Map: Brian Walker, National Coral Reef Institute A ne ...
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Six Opportunities for Coral Reef Outreach at Community Events
By Christopher Boykin - Awareness & Appreciation Project Coordinator
Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) staff engaged in six days o ...
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UPCOMING MEETINGS

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.
Click here

 
 

http://www.dep.state.fl.us/ http://coralreef.noaa.gov/ http://www.noaa.gov/
 
   
   
  Florida Dept of Environmental Protection
Coral Reef Conservation Program
1277 NE 79th Street Causeway
Miami, FL 33138
E-mail: coral@dep.state.fl.us
Phone: 305-795-1233
   

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