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

Summer of Science Concludes for 2014

Kristina Trotta, Administrative and Field Assistant

FDEP’s Summer of Science has come to a close and it has been a resounding success! You may remember reading about our Reef Visual Census project in our summer 2014 newsletter – an important evaluation of the sizes and types of fish that live on our local reefs. Between June and October, our dive team was able to sample 23 sites as part of a larger effort that visited nearly 300 locations in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Martin counties. 

The information that was collected has been passed along to our partner, Nova Southeastern University, to evaluate and study. Through their work, we will be able to determine a baseline of our local fish population, which will help us detect any changes in the future. We will continue to collect data over the next year  and our divers are excited about the opportunity to get in the water and collect this important information again next summer! 

 



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