Southeast Florida Reef News - A Publication of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Coral Reef Conservation Program
Winter 2013
Coral Reef Conservation Program Update
Florida’s Coral Program Plunges Into the New Year
Joanna Walczak
Southeast Regional Administrator – Coral Reef Conservation Program & Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

One of the best things about working with Florida’s Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) is working with a team of dedicated staff that are not only passionate about coral reefs, but are extremely hard workers.  Day after day, the CRCP staff work closely with the more than sixty partner organizations that comprise the Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative (SEFCRI) Team to develop projects that help us understand the complex southeast Florida coral reef ecosystem and how to protect it.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Fisheries Service has proposed to list 66 coral species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), including 59 species in the Pacific and seven in the Caribbean – including Florida.  Based on a thorough scientific review and integration of public input, the proposal includes listing five species as endangered and two as threatened in Florida and the Caribbean. Before the listings are finalized in late 2013, there will be a 90-day public comment period...

Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative Update
Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Moves Forward
Katharine Tzadik
Land Based Sources of Pollution Coordinator

The Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative (SEFCRI) TAC was established in 2004 to collect, review, and assess data specific to Land Based Sources of Pollution (LBSP) issues and threats to southeast Florida’s coral reefs. This group is currently composed of 21 technical experts from a variety of backgrounds ranging from coral reef ecology, toxicology, water quality, and coral biology from academia, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and government agencies. The TAC met in early November 2012 to review the most pertinent LBSP focused projects conducted since 2004. These...

Teachers Train and Share About Coral
Christopher Boykin
Awareness and Appreciation Coordinator

The SEFCRI AA Team held two coral reef teacher trainings for 90 elementary school teachers at the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Palm Beach County and the National Coral Reef Institute in Broward County on September 22 and October 6, 2012, respectively. Local partners included the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Kids Ecology Corps, the Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves, Tanawha Presents, and the Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center's National Coral Reef Institute. The workshops were well received with over 98% of the teachers being satisfied or very satisfied based on...

You can view all of the completed project reports and work products online.
Reef Injury Prevention and Response Update
CRCP Introduces the New Reef Injury Prevention and Response (RIPR) Technician
Jena Sansgaard
Reef Injury Prevention and Response Coordinator
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2nd Annual SE Florida Reef Cleanup Results Are In!
Karen Bohnsack
NOAA Coral Fellow
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