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

26th US Coral Reef Task Force (USCRTF) Meeting and 2nd Reef Resilience Conference Held in Fort Lauderdale!

Joanna Walczak
CRCP Acting Manager

FDEP Secretary with CRCP and Southeast District staff at the USCRTF Business Meeting (L to R): Joanna Walczak, Chantal Collier, Jill Creech, Secretary Vinyard, Cristina Llorens, Jennifer Smith, and Jill King.
FDEP Secretary with CRCP and Southeast District staff at the USCRTF Business Meeting (L to R): Joanna Walczak, Chantal Collier, Jill Creech, Secretary Vinyard, Cristina Llorens, Jennifer Smith, and Jill King.

Staff of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Coral Reef Conservation Program (FDEP CRCP) successfully organized and hosted the 26th US Coral Reef Task Force (USCRTF) Meeting and 2nd Reef Resilience Conference that was held in Fort Lauderdale from October 17 – 21, 2011. The CRCP co-hosted the meetings with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and The Nature Conservancy. The meeting theme was Integrating Management of Florida’s Coral Reef Tract, which addressed coastal and marine spatial planning, water management and coral reef restoration and mitigation issues.

The meeting was held in conjunction with the 2nd Reef Resilience Conference which addressed spatial planning for resilience within Florida and the wider Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. Over 350 scientists, students, managers, and stakeholders from 26 countries and/or territories attended the meeting – including staff and members of the seven jurisdictions, including: American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianna Islands, Florida, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Additionally, throughout the meetings there were multiple opportunities for interaction with members of the Society of Environmental Journalists, whose annual meeting was held concurrently in Miami. Distinguished members and guests included FDEP Secretary Herschel Vinyard, Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Dr. Jane Lubchenco, Govenor Togiola Tulafono from American Samoa, Chairman William Aila from Hawaii, and Chairman Daniel Galan from Puerto Rico.



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