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

Introducing the New Reef Injury Prevention and Response (RIPR) Coordinator

FDEP CRCP Staff

Jena Sansgaard, the new RIPR coordinator joins us from the FDEP Southeast District Office.
Jena Sansgaard, the new RIPR coordinator joins us from the FDEP Southeast District Office.

On January 3, 2012, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Coral Reef Conservation Program (FDEP CRCP) welcomed Jena Sansgaard as the new Reef Injury Prevention and Response (RIPR) Program Coordinator. Jena received her Bachelor's degree in Biology and Environmental Studies from Iowa State University.  While there, she participated in several marine science study abroad programs and decided to attend the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science where she received her Master's in Marine Affairs and Policy.  Most recently, she worked for FDEP’s Southeast Regulatory District in the Environmental Resource Permitting Compliance and Enforcement section.


Jena will be responsible for coordinating and responding to all vessel grounding and coral reef resource injury reports in the southeast Florida region. She 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, Jena will work with regional coral experts 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.


Please join us in welcoming Jena to CRCP and her new role in leading the RIPR Program. She can be reached at 305-795-2167 or at Jena.Sansgaard@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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