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

map

Southeast Florida Reef News

Partners Come Together to Streamline Coral Reef Injury Response

Jena Sansgaard
Reef Injury Prevention and Response Coordinator

Resource trustees participating in the CSI annual refresher. Photo: FDEP CRCP
Resource trustees participating in the CSI annual refresher. Photo: FDEP CRCP

In April 2012, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) contracted the Coral Reef Alliance to provide a classroom and field training workshop in Coral Reef Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) methods for CRCP and local resource trustees and technical advisors. This training aided in developing protocols for conducting legally defensible investigations of marine natural resource impacts on coral reefs to determine responsible parties, mitigation strategies, and how to gather evidence for decision making.

In August 2013, the Reef Injury Prevention and Response Coordinator, Jena Sansgaard, led the first annual inter-agency CSI Refresher to practice the coral reef injury assessment protocols and methods learned and further developed during the 2012 course. Nineteen attendees represented local agencies and universities including Miami-Dade County, Broward County, Nova Southeastern University, Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves, Florida State Parks, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, FDEP Southeast Regulatory Office, and the FDEP CRCP.

This partnership promotes an efficient response and assessment of coral reef injuries in southeast Florida. The one-day agenda included classroom training, parking lot exercises, and in-water assessments via SCUBA diving at former vessel grounding sites offshore Fort Lauderdale.  Participants practiced their evidence collection, impact assessment, and ecological assessment skills. This refresher will be held annually to ensure a continued efficient response to coral reef injuries in southeast Florida.



View This Newsletter | Back to News