El Abanico Marino Común del mar (Gorgonia ventilina) es una de varias especies de gorgonias que se encuentran en el sureste de Florida. Abanicos de mar también se clasifican como corales blandos o gorgonias.
Photo: Chantal Collier
Juveniles lábridos cabeza azul nadan a lo largo del arrecife en Palm Beach.
Photo: Joe Marino
The SEFCRI mission is “To develop 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.” Since 2004, SEFCRI Local Action Strategy (LAS) projects have been conducted to identify and help fill gaps in the background data needed in the region in order to achieve this mission. Recently, many of these projects have been completed, so now the final recommendations and outcomes from these projects can be used to move toward achieving the SEFCRI mission. This means that SEFCRI is ready to embark on its largest effort to date - the SEFCRI Management Alternatives Identification Process.
The SEFCRI Management Alternatives Identification Process is a stakeholder-driven plan to determine what management alternatives should be used to address threats to southeast Florida coral reefs, and where within southeast Florida to apply each alternative that is identified. Management alternatives are defined as any new or different management action that can be taken to reduce direct or indirect impacts on southeast Florida coral reefs. Because there is currently no comprehensive holistic management plan for southeast Florida coral reefs, management alternatives developed during this process can take almost any form. Examples of management alternatives could include: no-anchor areas over coral reefs combined with installing additional mooring buoys, additional stormwater treatment areas to reduce land-based sources of pollution coming out the inlets, and increased law enforcement presence on the water.
Steps in the SEFCRI Management Alternatives Identification Process include: 1) completing the SEFCRI LAS and other agency/organization projects necessary for, and applicable to, the process, 2) planning the details of the process with a SEFCRI Project Team, 3) holding public meetings to introduce the planning steps for the SEFCRI Management Alternatives Identification Process to SEFCRI stakeholders and members of the general public, 4) convening working group(s) composed of southeast Florida stakeholder representatives to analyze project data and develop management alternative recommendations, 5) conducting post-public meetings to discuss working group recommendations with the larger stakeholder group they represent and the general public, and finally, 6) implementing the publically-vetted working group management alternative recommendations through the appropriate government agency.
Over the next few years, as we move forward with this process, SEFCRI will continue to complete the original SEFCRI LAS projects, implement new projects as needed, and continue long-term monitoring in the region. Visit the SEFCRI website for updates: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/coastal/programs/coral/sefcri.htm