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

Maritime Industry & Coastal Construction Impacts Project Meeting Held with Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement Staff

By Joanna Walczak
Assistant Manager/ Maritime Industry & Coastal Construction Impacts Project Coordinator

Caption: A few of the more than 70 species of colorful sponges that adorn southeast Florida coral reefs. <br/>Photo: Joe Marino
Caption: A few of the more than 70 species of colorful sponges that adorn southeast Florida coral reefs.
Photo: Joe Marino
On February 1 and 9, 2010, contractors for the Maritime Industry and Coastal Construction Impacts (MICCI) Projects 4, 21, 23 & 24: “Recommend Modifications to Agency Compliance and Enforcement Protocols and Create Education and Outreach Materials to Increase Enforcement Review and Actions” held invited public meetings in West Palm Beach and Tallahassee, respectively. Invited attendees included regulatory agency compliance and enforcement staff from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and FDEP. The meeting objectives were to present, for discussion and interagency evaluation, the information gathered to date from this project, including information from prior enforcement staff interviews, the draft Coral Reef Resource Awareness Training Program, and the outline for the draft project report. Information from these meetings will be integrated into the final project report, which is anticipated to be complete by July 2010.

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