Common Sea Fans (<em>Gorgonia ventilina</em>) are one of several species of sea fans found in southeast Florida. Sea fans are also classified as soft corals or gorgonians.

Common Sea Fans (Gorgonia ventilina) are one of several species of sea fans found in southeast Florida. Sea fans are also classified as soft corals or gorgonians.

Photo: Chantal Collier

Juvenile bluehead wrasses swim along the reef in Palm Beach.

Juvenile bluehead wrasses swim along the reef in Palm Beach.

Photo: Joe Marino

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Southeast Florida Reef News

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 enforcement cases, dredge and fill activities, seagrass and coral reef restoration projects, stormwater enhancement projects, water quality monitoring, environmental education, and fisheries management and research projects.

As the LBSP Coordinator, Jenny’s responsibilities include facilitating the Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative’s (SEFCRI) Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), coordinating the LBSP pilot study to determine the response of southeast Florida’s coral reef community to pollutants exiting offshore wastewater outfall pipes and inlets, and overseeing the ongoing Southeast Florida Coral Reef Evaluation and Monitoring (SECREMP) project.

Please join us in congratulating Jenny in her new position as the Land-based Sources of Pollution Coordinator! You may reach her at Jennifer.Baez@dep.state.fl.us or 786-510-6616.



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