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 Team and Technical Advisory Committee Review of Our Florida Reefs Recommended Management Actions

Meghan Balling, Fishing, Diving & Other Uses Coordinator

After meeting monthly from March through November in 2014, the Our Florida Reefs Community Working Groups developed 191 Recommended Management Actions (RMAs). These draft RMAs are to help balance the use and protection of the reefs. The RMAs addressed topics  in Fishing, Diving, Boating, and Other Uses; Land-Based Sources of Pollution; Coastal Management and Construction; Enforcement; Direct Impacts to Reefs; Awareness, Appreciation, Education, and Outreach; Coral Reef Habitat Ecosystem; and Place-Based Management.  The Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative (SEFCRI) Team and Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) reviewed the RMAs during a week of meetings held at the Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center and the South Florida Water Management District in January. The SEFCRI Team and TAC offered feedback and supplementary information to improve and clarify RMAs.  The Our Florida Reefs Community Working Groups will review and consider this feedback as they reconvene in March to edit and augment their Recommended Management Actions.

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