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 Annual Meeting had All Hands on Deck to Steam into the Future

Joanna Walczak
CRCP Acting Manager

SEFCRI team members participating in break out groups.
SEFCRI team members participating in break out groups.

Traditionally, each of the four Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative (SEFCRI) focus areas (Maritime Industry and Coastal Construction Impact, Fishing Diving and Other Uses, Awareness and Appreciation, and Land Based Sources of Pollution) has held separate annual meetings. However, this year the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Coral Reef Conservation Program (FDEP CRCP) helped organize and execute a meeting of the full SEFCRI Team at Longkey Nature Preserve on September 21 and 22, 2011. Over the course of the two-day meeting, the SEFCRI Team listened to presentations on the outcomes of the completed LAS projects, accomplishments of the SEFCRI Team over the past 7 years, and suggestions for how to move forward to complete the SEFCRI Mission.


To date, SEFCRI is currently working on, or has completed 127 of the original 140 Local Action Strategy (LAS) projects.
It is recognized that with the completion of the original LAS projects coming near, the SEFCRI is moving from the data collection stage into the Management Alternatives Identification Process (see the update below for more information).

Break-out discussions gathered input on how best to create and select the next LAS for SEFCRI which will focus on marine spatial planning and resource management, on how best to begin presenting the work of SEFCRI to stakeholders, and how to effectively solicit feedback regarding management alternatives for SEFCRI marine resources.  Additionally, discussions focused on the future of SEFCRI and reviewed possible revisions to the existing Team charter. Visit the SEFCRI website for updates: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/coastal/programs/coral/sefcri.htm



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