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

Strategic Plan Survey Results

By Christopher Boykin
Awareness and Appreciation Project Coordinator

A stareye hermit crab. Photo: Joanna Walczak, FDEP CRCP
A stareye hermit crab. Photo: Joanna Walczak, FDEP CRCP

On May 5, 2010, a survey soliciting input to inform the development of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) Five-Year Strategic Plan was electronically distributed to more than 4,000 southeast Florida stakeholders. The survey, which was open for three weeks and closed on May 25, 2010, was completed by 315 stakeholders and provided the CRCP with invaluable information which will influence the future direction of the program. A total of 158 comments were submitted in addition to responses to the 41 questions on the survey.

Although the results of the survey are too extensive to review here, the full summary report for the survey can be viewed at http://www.southeastfloridareefs.net/links/general-links/. Notably, 81.59% of the respondents indicated that they were supportive of “Defining a managed area for the mainland southeast Florida reef system, and recommending managed area alternatives based on management goals, best available science, monitoring results and stakeholder input”.  



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