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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Southeast Florida Reef News

CRCP Introduces the New Reef Injury Prevention and Response (RIPR) Technician

Jena Sansgaard
Reef Injury Prevention and Response Coordinator

Welcome Melissa! Photo: DEP Coral Program
Welcome Melissa! Photo: DEP Coral Program

On October 15, 2012, Florida’s Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) welcomed Melissa Sathe as the new Reef Injury Prevention and Response (RIPR) Technician. Melissa received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Tulane University and her Master’s degree in Marine Biology from Nova Southeastern University. Most recently she worked for Miami-Dade County’s Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources where she assisted in the coordination of offshore monitoring projects including the artificial reef program and beach re-nourishment projects.

Melissa is now leading the development and implementation of a large scale coral reef restoration project at two historic vessel grounding sites offshore of Broward County. She will also assist with the development of an educational campaign for the Florida Coral Reef Protection Act and support the RIPR Program by conducting injury assessments.

Please join us in welcoming Melissa Sathe to CRCP in her new role as the RIPR Technician.  She can be reached at 305-795-1228 or at Melissa.Sathe@dep.state.fl.us.



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