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

Coastal Construction Industry Meeting a Success!

Lauren Waters
NOAA Coral Fellow

On June 14th, 2011, the Maritime Industry and Coastal Construction Impact (MICCI) Coordinator and MICCI Team hosted the public meeting: “Construction and Reef Resources: Tools and Techniques to Assess and Minimize Impacts in Southeast Florida” at the International Game Fishing Association (IGFA) in Dania Beach. This meeting brought together over 40 representatives from various local, state, and federal agencies, construction companies, and environmental consulting firms to learn about products developed by the MICCI Focus Team that can assist in minimizing or avoiding impacts to our reef resources. Participants learned about Best Management Practices and Technologies for Coastal Construction, Reef Resource Rules and Regulations, and were given introductory trainings on how to use the Southeast Florida Permit Database and Cumulative Impact Assessment Tool (beta version). Participants received electronic copies of the permit database, Global Information System (GIS) geodatabase, and all final reports and deliverables from completed MICCI projects. Participants were encouraged to submit and discuss suggestions for improving current construction techniques and equipment, and were asked for feedback on ways to improve the beta version of the Cumulative Impact Assessment Tool. The final meeting report will be used to provide information and educate project developers, managers, and contractors on alternative coastal construction practices to enhance coral reef protection in southeast Florida.



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