Southeast Florida Reef News - A Publication of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Coral Reef Conservation Program
Spring 2012
Coral Reef Conservation Program Update
New Manager for Florida’s Coral Reef Conservation Program
Joanna Walczak
Manager, Coral Reef Conservation Program

Greetings! As the new Manager for Florida’s Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP), I wanted to extend my heartfelt thanks to all of you for your support of the CRCP over the past eight years.  I joined the CRCP over five years ago as the Coordinator for the Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative’s (SEFCRI) Maritime Industry and Coastal Construction Impacts (MICCI) Focus Team, and have worked closely with the SEFCRI Team and CRCP partners furthering Florida’s efforts to balance the use and conservation of...

Fishery-Independent Assessment Coming to Southeast Florida
Jamie Monty
Assistant Manager

On January 31, 2012, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) hosted a workshop called “Integration & Coordination of Efforts to Monitor Reef Fish Populations on the Florida Reef Tract”. This kick-off meeting brought together scientists and managers from the Florida Keys and southeast Florida regions to coordinate a fisheries-independent monitoring effort along the entire Florida Reef Tract. Fisheries-independent monitoring is a fish monitoring program using standardized sampling...

Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative Update
SEFCRI’s Learning Center – Getting Coral Reefs into the Classroom!
Julio Jimenez
CRCP Program Assistant

The SEFCRI Awareness and Appreciation Team has continued to build and strengthen its relationship with southeast Florida’s teachers since the first Coral Reef Teacher Workshops in 2006. Since then, over 600 local teachers have signed up to receive the quarterly SEFCRI email newsletters and other updates. SEFCRI also offers some unique opportunities that help educators incorporate education on coral reef ecosystems into their classrooms. Two examples of these opportunities are:   The Coral Reef Education Kit project – This project consists of shipping trunks containing...

Community Outreach Efforts Enhanced for 2012
Christopher Boykin
Awaresness and Appreciation Coordinator

Each year, staff from Florida’s Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) engage in public outreach by exhibiting and engaging stakeholders at community events. This winter/spring alone, CRCP staff participated in a total of twenty days of outreach at the events listed below. Staff spoke with event attendees on topics ranging from fishing to coral reef conservation, education, mooring buoy use, the Coral Reef Protection Act and some of the key projects occurring in the region. More than 1000 residents and visitors were engaged during the events and a total of 345 new...

You can view all of the completed project reports and work products online.
Reef Injury Prevention and Response Update
Increased Spending Authority for Coral Reef Restoration Approved During the 2012 Florida Legislative Session
Jena Sansgaard
Reef Injury Prevention and Response Coordinator
Learn more about
Florida's New
Other Programs
On the Horizon: Launching a New Marine Incident Reporting Network
Karen Bohnsack
NOAA Regional Management 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