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

Community Outreach Efforts Enhanced for 2012

Christopher Boykin
Awaresness and Appreciation Coordinator

CRCP staff engaging a stakeholder at the Miami International Boat Show. Photo: Lauren Waters
CRCP staff engaging a stakeholder at the Miami International Boat Show. Photo: Lauren Waters

Each year, staff from Florida’s Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) engage in public outreach by exhibiting and engaging stakeholders at community events. This winter/spring alone, CRCP staff participated in a total of twenty days of outreach at the events listed below. Staff spoke with event attendees on topics ranging from fishing to coral reef conservation, education, mooring buoy use, the Coral Reef Protection Act and some of the key projects occurring in the region. More than 1000 residents and visitors were engaged during the events and a total of 345 new stakeholders signed up to receive updates about the efforts of the CRCP and the Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative (SEFCRI) along the northern third of the Florida Reef Tract.

 

The six events CRCP staff attended were:


Redlands Festival, January 21-22

Miami International Boat Show, February 16-20

Dania Marine Flea Market, March 15-18

West Palm Beach Boat Show, March 22-25

Miami River Day, April 14

Earth Day, April 16-17

 

Please contact the CRCP at coral@dep.state.fl.us if you would like to suggest a community event where we should exhibit, or to volunteer to assist with outreach efforts at an event near you.



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