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

Our Florida Reefs Community Planning Process Update

Meghan Balling, Fishing, Diving and Other Uses Coordinator

Our Florida Reefs South Community Working Group member Jim Bohnsack, right, discusses management options with his fellow group members at one of the Fall 2014 meetings.
Our Florida Reefs South Community Working Group member Jim Bohnsack, right, discusses management options with his fellow group members at one of the Fall 2014 meetings.

During 2014, the Our Florida Reefs (OFR) Community Working Groups (CWG) moved through their educational phase (details in our summer 2014 newsletter) as well as their initial recommended management action phase. Both the North and the South Community Working Groups met monthly from March through November, and worked diligently to compile a list of almost 300 recommended management actions, activities that they believe help enhance or maintain the condition of coral reef ecosystems or reduce threats to coral reef ecosystems to ensure their long-term self-renewal. Working group members, who represent local, state and federal agencies, academic institutions, conservation non-governmental organizations, diving interests, fishing interests, private businesses, watersports, and citizens at large, participated in outreach events throughout 2014 to obtain feedback from their stakeholder groups and have brought these nearly 300 ideas to the table to reviewed  within the groups. Next steps include recommendation review by the Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative (SEFCRI) Team, SEFCRI Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), and Coastal Ocean Task Force in December 2014/January 2015. Draft recommended management actions from both the North CWG and the South CWG are available on www.ourfloridareefs.org. Monthly meetings will resume in March 2015 when the CWGs will continue to refine, combine, augment, and prioritize recommended management actions and create spatial plans for a subset of recommendations.  

 



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