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

Moving Into the Next Stage of Our Florida Reefs: Join the Conversation!

Meghan Balling, Fishing, Diving & Other Uses Coordinator & Daron Willison, Our Florida Reefs Program Assistant

Since March of 2014, the Our Florida Reefs Community Working Group (CWG) members have been meeting monthly to draft, edit, and supplement management recommendations that seek to establish a better balance between the use and protection of coral reef resources in the Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative (SEFCRI) region (comprised of the northernmost part of the Florida Reef Tract). During this process, the CWG members have shared their expertise and experiences from a wide range of personal and professional backgrounds in a collaborative effort to improve our coastal and ocean ecosystems.

The next step in the process will be sharing their ideas in a series of Community Meetings in January and February 2016, where they will be reaching out to the community at large to gain feedback and input on the Recommended Management Actions (RMAs) they have drafted. This is a very exciting opportunity for the public to get involved and include their perspectives into these recommendations for reef management strategies.

In order to engage as many members of the community as possible, there will be a total of 12 meetings held in all four counties in the SEFCRI region. At these meetings, the public will have the opportunity to learn about all 68 draft RMAs, ask questions, and provide written feedback. This feedback will then be going back to the CWG members who will review and incorporate any pertinent information into their final prioritized list of RMAs, which will be recorded in a final report and will be subsequently distributed to the applicable agencies for their consideration in June 2016. Public input and feedback is also possible through our website at www.OurFloridaReefs.org until March 1, 2016.



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