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.

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Southeast Florida Reef News

COUSTEAU EXPLORES MIAMI CORAL REEF WITH DEP PARTNERS

Christopher Boykin
Awareness and Appreciation Project Coordinator

Philippe Cousteau
Philippe Cousteau
The Florida Department of Environmental Protectiono and its Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative partneres landed the support of a world-renowned diver and environmental advocate for the "Our Florida Reefs" campaign.

Philippe Cousteau Jr., the grandson of legendary Jacques Cousteau, recoreded a 30-second public service announcement promoting the importance of Florida's coral reefs and advocated support for the Our Florida Reefs community planning process.

Cousteau's PSA begin airing throughout the southeast Florida media markets this summer and can be viewed at www.OurFloridaReefs.org.

Cousteau's involvement in the PSA stemmed from a recent diving expedition on a coral reef off the coast of Miami. He was filming a television episode about ocean exploration that is scheduled to air on the FOX broadcasting network later this fall. 

"It was wonderful to see such a healthy and thriving staghorn reef right offshore of Miami's developed coastline," Cousteau said. "I was very impressed with the dive site, which rivalied other staghorn reefs I've visited. It was a great location to film the coral reef episode of this series and I was very happy to support the Our Florida Reefs community planning process for southeast Florida coral reefs by recording a PSA."    
   
The Our Florida Reefs media campaign began in May and will continue through 2016 to parallel the Our Florida Reefs community planning process. The campaign already features PSAs from world-renowned marine artist Guy Harvey and NPR radio personality Wanda Myles as well as a local captain, fisher, dive-shop owner, school teacher and professional kite boarder.      
         
Cousteau, whose grandfather and father earned international acclaim for their roles as environmental advocates, adds even more star power to the Our Florida Reefs campaign. "We are thrilled to have Philippe Cousteau lend his voice to the Our Florida Reefs campaign," said Jamie Monty, DEP Coral Reef Conservation Program Manager. "It was also an honor for him to use a DEP vessel as a platform to visit a thriving staghorn coral reef with partners from the Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative.

"Philippe's passion for ocean and coral reef conservation shines through in his PSA and segments of the coral reef education episode filmed that day. I know students will learn and enjoy."









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