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 Welcomes and says Farewell to Team Members for 2016-2018

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

Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative (SEFCRI) prides itself on being a stakeholder-driven team with balanced membership from non-governmental organizations, government agencies, fishers, divers and others interested in protecting Southeast Florida’s coral reefs. 2016 was the first time that all 40 non-agency seats were open for applications. This presented a challenging opportunity to the Vice-Chairs, who are the leadership body of SEFCRI and responsible for reviewing the many applications and making some tough decisions.

The Vice-Chairs had the opportunity to ensure a broader representation of Southeast Florida reef users, such as the boating industry, ports and various private businesses. The Vice-Chairs also carefully considered how applicants could interact with the communities they represent, a very important aspect of being a SEFCRI member. The main challenge was balancing membership and ensuring broad representation.

Thank you to our past team members!

Some of the outgoing SEFCRI members had been involved since the early days of SEFCRI and were responsible for helping build more than a decade of knowledge about Southeast Florida reefs. While they are no longer primary team members, we hope that they continue to stay informed on SEFCRI efforts and remain conduits of information by engaging with new team members, attend meetings as public observers and spread the word about SEFCRI’s efforts. We thank you for your years of service!

Welcome to 2016-2018 Team Members!

The Vice-Chairs have selected 17 non-agency SEFCRI Team members.  These members will act as representatives of their reef user community and help move SEFCRI initiatives forward over the next several years. The new team will convene for its first meeting on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. *Indicates new members to the 2016-2018 term. Please welcome:

Academia:

*Brian Walker/Nova Southeastern University, Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography

*Henry Briceno/Florida International University

*Alastair Harbone/Florida International University

Dave Gilliam/Nova Southeastern University, Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography

*Joana Figuereido/Nova Southeastern University, Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography

Lisa Krimsky, Ph.D./Miami-Dade County/University of Florida IFAS

*Katherine McCoy/Miami-Dade County Public Schools

*Mitch Comiskey/Broward County Public Schools

Diving:

*Thomas Carpenter/South Florida Beach Divers

*Lisa Carroll/Jupiter Dive Center

Nikole Heath/Force-E Scuba Centers

Shana Phelan/Pura Vida Divers

Jeff Torode/Greater Fort Lauderdale Diving Association/DEMA

Fishing:

*Ray Rosher/Miss Britt Charters

*Patrick Bennett/Thor Guard Lightning Prediction

Frank Schmidt/Lighthouse Point Saltwater Sportsman Association

Bouncer Smith/Bouncer’s Dusky

*Dan Kipnis/City of Miami Beach Marine and Waterfront Protection Authority

Non-government organizations:

James Byrne/The Nature Conservancy

Stephanie Clark/Cry of the Water

Jane Fawcett/Vone Research, Inc.

*Caroline McLaughlin/National Parks Conservation Association

*Shane Zigler/Project Baseline/GlobalSubDive

Nick Morrell/Miami-Dade Reef Guard Association

Angela Smith/Shark Savers/Wild Aid

Ed Tichenor/Palm Beach County Reef Rescue

Other stakeholders:

*Mark Zilberberg/Riviera Beach Preparatory & Achievement Academy

*Peg Buchan/Port Everglades

*Lisa Miceli/Stoked on Salt, Inc.

Scott Sheckman/iSheck Consulting

*DD Halpern/Citizen-at-large

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