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.

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Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary seeks comment on sanctuary marine zones and regulations

Karrie Carnes

The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary protects 2,900 square nautical miles of critical marine habitat, including coral reef, hardbottom, sea grass meadow, mangrove communities and sand flats. The Sanctuary is co-managed by FDEP and NOAA. Photo: FKNMS
The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary protects 2,900 square nautical miles of critical marine habitat, including coral reef, hardbottom, sea grass meadow, mangrove communities and sand flats. The Sanctuary is co-managed by FDEP and NOAA. Photo: FKNMS

Through June 29, 2012, the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary seeks public comment to guide a review of the sanctuary’s boundaries, marine zones and regulations. Feedback provided during this scoping period will shape Florida Keys marine conservation for the next two decades.

 

Comments are being accepted online through the Federal eRulemaking Portal www.regulations.gov (Docket Number NOAA-NOS-2012-0061), and may also be mailed if postmarked by June 29, 2012 to: Sean Morton, Sanctuary Superintendent, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, 33 East Quay Rd., Key West, FL 33040; or Anne Morkill, Refuge Manager, US Fish and Wildlife Service, 28950 Watson Blvd., Big Pine Key, FL 33043

 

Comments will also be accepted at five public meetings occurring in south Florida and the Florida Keys. Meetings are open from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

  • June 19: Marathon, FL; Monroe County Government Center; Emergency Operations Center
  • June 20: Key Largo, FL; Key Largo Library
  • June 21: Key West, FL; Doubletree Grand Key Resort; Tortuga Ballroom
  • June 26: Miami, FL; Florida International University; Graham University Center; Room GC243
  • June 27: Fort Myers, FL; Joseph P. Alessandro Office Complex; Rooms 165 C & D

 

For more information, visit www.floridakeys.noaa.gov



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