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

Fishing, Diving and Other Uses (FDOU) Update: Let the Fish Counting Begin!

Julio Jimenez
FDOU Coordinator

Juvenile grunts and finger coral.                Photo: FDEP CRCP.
Juvenile grunts and finger coral. Photo: FDEP CRCP.

In preparation for the first southeast Florida reef fish assessment this summer, University of Miami and NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) staff provided regional partners with a Reef Visual Census (RVC) methods training on April 13th, and data entry trainings on July 9th and 23rd. Southeast Florida partners contributing to fish data collection this summer include Martin County, Palm Beach County, Broward County, Miami-Dade County, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) Coral Reef Conservation Program, FDEP Southeast District, FDEP Park Service, Nova Southeastern University, and NOAA NMFS.

With the help of University of South Florida staff, FDEP CRCP and NOAA NMFS staff received in-water RVC training and got started on their portion of the field work in July. Miami-Dade County and Nova Southeastern University also have started field work. In-water training sessions are planned for the remaining partners, and data collection will likely continue through September. Stay tuned for project results!

 



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