DEP CRCP’s BleachWatch Program Helps Capture Summer 2014 Coral Bleaching Event
Karen Bohnsack, Reef Resilience Coordinator
This past summer, beautiful warm and calm conditions prompted many divers in southeast Florida to hit the water. What they discovered in many areas was both unexpected and, for some, unfamiliar – many of the corals had turned white!
This phenomenon, known as coral bleaching, occurs when corals lose their symbiotic algae, zooxanthellae, which provide food and oxygen to the coral and are also largely responsible for their normal, healthy...
Changes in Coral Reef Conservation Program Staff
Jamie Monty, Manager, Coral Reef Conservation Program
As I’m sure many of you have heard, we’ve had some changes to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (FDEP) Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) staff recently.
First, Christopher Boykin, our long-time Awareness and Appreciation Coordinator, recently left the agency and took the position of Executive Director of the Pelican Harbor Seabird Station. I am pleased to announce that Ana Zangroniz has joined our team as the new...