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

Recommended Management Action Development Continues: An Update on the Our Florida Reefs (OFR) Community Planning Process

Meghan Balling, Fishing, Diving & Other Uses Coordinator

Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative Team and Technical Advisory Committee members discuss Recommended Management Actions during their August meeting.
Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative Team and Technical Advisory Committee members discuss Recommended Management Actions during their August meeting.

The North and South Our Florida Reefs (OFR) Community Working Groups have been meeting monthly since March 2014 to develop Recommended Management Actions (RMAs) that will better balance the use and protection of our coastal and ocean resources. Following an initial RMA review by the SEFCRI Team and Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) in January 2015, Working Group members spent this spring editing and further developing 80 RMAs based on feedback generated from these advisory bodies. Working Groups also began work on two spatially driven RMAs: one to “Create and fund one SEFCRI-wide Mooring Buoy Program” and a second to “Establish and implement an MPA zoning framework in the SEFCRI Region.” The SEFCRI Team and TAC met again in August to offer their expertise on the updated RMAs. Beginning in September, the North and South working groups will have joint meetings. They will use this most recent feedback to further develop a prioritized list of RMAs and refine areas of interest for the two RMAs with specific spatial components. These recommendations will be taken to the general public in January – February 2016 for input and commentary. 



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