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

Coral Reef Outreach at Community Events

Christopher Boykin
Awareness and Appreciation Project Coordinator

Julio Jimenez educating stakeholders at the SEFCRI booth.
Julio Jimenez educating stakeholders at the SEFCRI booth.

On November 11-13, 2012, staff from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Coral Reef Conservation Program (FDEP CRCP), conducted outreach at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens 72nd Annual “Ramble: A Garden Festival”, which draws approximately 8,000 visitors each year. Over the last six years, staff at the FDEP CRCP have conducted roughly 23 days of outreach at community events and environmental festivals across southeast Florida. Through these face to face interactions with the general public, more than 6,500 stakeholders have been identified throughout the region.


Upcoming events for 2012 include the Miami International Boat Show (February 16-20), the Dania Marine Flea Market (March 15-18) and the Palm Beach Boat Show (March 22-25). Come out and visit staff at the Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative (SEFCRI) booth at one of these events to learn more about our programs, research, and efforts. Several great new resources are available to stakeholders who visit the booth, including an illustrated poster of “Florida’s Coral Reefs”, a “South Florida Watershed” poster, as well as a new brochure on the responsible use of fertilizer and pesticides in southeast Florida. If you would like to suggest an event, please contact us at Coral@dep.state.fl.us. We hope to see you at an outreach event in the near future! 



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