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

The Full SEFCRI Team Meets Again!

The FDEP CRCP team

The 2012 SEFCRI Team Meeting. Photo: FDEP CRCP
The 2012 SEFCRI Team Meeting. Photo: FDEP CRCP

Due to the overwhelming success of the full Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative (SEFCRI) Team Meeting held in September 2011, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Coral Reef Conservation Program (FDEP CRCP) organized one for 2012. It was held on September 12th and 13th at the Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Ecosystem Research at Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center in Hollywood, FL.

The SEFCRI and FDEP CRCP teams have been working progressively to execute follow up action items from last year’s meeting. This included the revision of the SEFCRI Charter to better reflect how SEFCRI works today, and to strive for balanced participation among interest groups in southeast Florida. Over the course of the two-day 2012 meeting, the SEFCRI Team addressed the following:


Future efforts to work with stakeholders and identify options for improved management of coral reef resources in southeast Florida;

Bio-geographic Assessment for southeast Florida;

Future of the Local Action Strategy (LAS) approach in Florida;

Role of the SEFCRI Technical Advisory Committee

To date, SEFCRI is currently working on, or has completed 131 of the original 140 LAS projects identified in 2004. SEFCRI is now using the project outcomes and recommendations gathered over the past eight years to achieve its mission: “to develop and support the implementation of an effective strategy to preserve and protect southeast Florida’s coral reefs and associated reef resources, emphasizing balance between resource use and protection, in cooperation with all interested parties.”

Visit the SEFCRI website for updates:

http://www.dep.state.fl.us/coastal/programs/coral/sefcri.htm



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