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

SEFCRI Outreach Continues in 2015

Ana Zangroniz, Awareness and Appreciation Coordinator

In 2015, the Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative (SEFCRI) will continue  increasing awareness and appreciation for southeast Florida reefs by participating in public outreach events. The new year will kick off with the Port Salerno Seafood Festival in Martin County on January 24, to be followed by:

 

The Miami Boat Show: February 12-16, 2015, Miami

Blue Wild Expo: February 21-22, 2015, Fort Lauderdale

Gumbo Limbo Nature Center’s Sea Turtle Day: February 28, 2015, Boca Raton

The Dania Marine Flea Market: March 12-16, 2015, Dania Beach

The Palm Beach Boat Show: March 26-29, 2015, West Palm Beach

Earth Month classes: April 2015, Miami

 

These events feature the SEFCRI booth filled with visual and tactile materials. We offer several brochures, give-aways with the www.southeastfloridareefs.net website to drive traffic to more information, and even teaching aids. Our e-mail sign-up sheet allows teachers and other groups to request materials to be sent right to them. Hundreds of stakeholders visit throughout the duration of the event, providing a terrific opportunity for local engagement. We also update materials provided at the booth according to what’s happening on the reefs at that time (for example, advertising BleachWatch classes in spring/summer), so that repeat visitors get different information each event they visit the SEFCRI booth.

 

Coral Reef Conservation Program staff typically work these events, which range from 2-5 days. However, due to limited staff capacity, we can only staff a limited number of events each year, and usually a single individual works the booth during the event. A second person in the form of a volunteer truly works wonders and enables SEFCRI to engage with an even greater number of attendees. We’re looking for volunteers, but don’t worry – we’ll provide training materials and you’ll shadow a staff member. As a friendly reminder to those of you who are SEFCRI team members, the SEFCRI Charter states that team members may be called upon at least once within their term limit to help staff at least one SEFCRI educational booth event. This participation is appreciated tremendously, empowers volunteers to be a resource to their neighbors about southeast Florida coral reefs, helps get the word out to even more people about the good work that SEFCRI does, and provides volunteers with the opportunity to attend a local community event. If you are interested in volunteering for any of the abovementioned events, please contact: coral@dep.state.fl.us. Stay tuned for us at other area events!

 

 

 



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