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

Welcome New Program Coordinator!

By Joanna Walczak
Assistant Manager/ MICCI Project Coordinator

John Evered, the program’s new RIPR Coordinator.               Photo: Christopher Boykin, FDEP CRCP
John Evered, the program’s new RIPR Coordinator. Photo: Christopher Boykin, FDEP CRCP

On June 14, 2010, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) welcomed John Evered as the new Reef Injury Prevention and Response (RIPR) Program Coordinator. John earned a B.S. in Ocean Science at the University of Plymouth, and a M.S. in Coastal Management from Bournemouth University, both of which are in the United Kingdom. His M.S. thesis was on the patterns and trends of antifouling paint usage in Bermuda.

John brings a solid background in coral reef ecology from his work at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences, and strong leadership and communication skills from working as a Field Manager for Dial Cordy and Associates Inc. Most recently, he worked for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on the set up and management of Acropora spp. coral nurseries in Marathon, FL. This project allowed him to build relationships with many CRCP partners including NOAA, the Nature Conservancy, the University of Miami, Mote Marine Lab, and Nova Southeastern University.

John will be responsible for coordinating and responding to all vessel grounding and coral reef resource injury reports in the southeast Florida region. He will also be working on the identification, development and implementation of management actions that prevent coral reef injuries associated with commercial and recreational vessels using tools created through SEFCRI and other local action strategies. Where damages to reef resources do occur, the goal is to ensure that appropriate and adequate restoration and/or mitigation is carried out on impacted coral reef resources and that those responsible for damage are held accountable.

Watch for updates on these projects in the next issue of Southeast Florida Reef News.
Please join us in welcoming John to CRCP and his new role in leading the RIPR Program. He can be reached at 305-795-2167 or at John.Evered@dep.state.fl.us. To report coral reef resource injuries within Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, & Martin counties, call 786-385-3054.



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