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

Creation of SEFCRI Volunteer Speakers Bureau

Kristina Trotta, Field and Administrative Assistant & Ana Zangroniz, Awareness and Appreciation Coordinator

This past November, the Coral Program trained 16 new volunteers to be a part of our Volunteer Speakers Bureau. Over the next year, these citizens have committed to giving six talks about southeast Florida’s coral reefs, including threats, research, and management. The presentation will also inform audiences about the Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative (SEFCRI), the ongoing Our Florida Reefs community planning process, and ways to become involved.

Our volunteers will be speaking to a wide variety of groups, including Toastmasters, Florida Master Naturalists, church groups, and many more.  Thanks to the help of the Volunteer Speakers’ Bureau, we will be able to expand the reach of the Coral Reef Conservation Program across the four-county region to ensure that more south Florida residents know about our incredible reefs. If your organization is interested in viewing the presentation or if you’d like to become part of the Volunteer Speaker’s Bureau, please contact: coral@dep.state.fl.us.

 



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