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

NOAA Coastal Management Fellow Change

Lauren Waters, Assistant Manager and Maritime Industry and Coastal Construction Impacts Coordinator

Kelly Egan
Kelly Egan
Many of our SEFCRI Team members and stakeholders had the pleasure of meeting and engaging with our first NOAA Coastal Management Fellow Caitlin Pomerance. Caitlin had a great career opportunity presented to her and departed with a fine farewell at the end of January. I am pleased to announce we have a new Fellow coming on board for the next year and half to help pick up where Caitlin left off. We welcome Kelly Egan! Kelly comes to us with a Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Organismic Biology from Florida Atlantic University and a Masters in Marine Biology and Coastal zone Management from Nova Southeastern University. Having worked with the FDEP Southeast District on Environmental Resource Permits since 2008, she will be a perfect fit to assist with Maritime Industry and Coastal Construction Impact issues related to our reef resources. Additionally, she has worked with D.B. Ecological Services collecting sea turtle nesting data. Kelly will also be a regular staff face at the Our Florida Reefs Community Working Group meetings as she assists in helping execute those events. Please help us in welcoming Kelly!

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