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

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 working with the Fishing, Diving, and Other Uses Coordinator to manage SEFCRI’s Our Florida Reefs,  a community-based planning process that brings together local stakeholders from Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, and Martin counties to develop an effective strategy to preserve and protect southeast Florida’s coral reefs. Please join us in welcoming Benjamin to his new position. You may reach him at Benjamin.Wahle@dep.state.fl.us or 305-795-1227.



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