Southeast Florida Reef News - A Publication of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Coral Reef Conservation Program
Fall 2011
Coral Reef Conservation Program Update
26th US Coral Reef Task Force (USCRTF) Meeting and 2nd Reef Resilience Conference Held in Fort Lauderdale!
Joanna Walczak
CRCP Acting Manager

Staff of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Coral Reef Conservation Program (FDEP CRCP) successfully organized and hosted the 26th US Coral Reef Task Force (USCRTF) Meeting and 2nd Reef Resilience Conference that was held in Fort Lauderdale from October 17 – 21, 2011. The CRCP co-hosted the meetings with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and The Nature Conservancy. The meeting theme was Integrating Management of...

Bidding Farewell to Long-Time FDEP CRCP Manager Chantal Collier
Joanna Walczak
CRCP Acting Manager

As a fitting way to end her last day with the FDEP CRCP, the USCRTF recognized Chantal Collier with an award for her Outstanding Management contributions. The award commends Chantal's visionary leadership in growing the CRCP, her tireless efforts to expand the knowledge of, and protection for, southeast Florida's coral reefs resources, and her ability to begin the program in southeast Florida from ground zero.

Chantal Collier was hired in 2004 by the Florida Department of...

Introducing the New Florida Coral Reef Fishery Biologist
FDEP CRCP Staff

Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative (SEFCRI) partner agencies have collaborated again to improve the management of Florida’s coral reef resources. Working closely with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Ocean Service and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Coral Reef Conservation Program (FDEP CRCP), NOAA Fisheries has added a new position here in southeast Florida. The new Florida Coral Reef Fishery Biologist, Kurtis...

Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative Update
SEFCRI Annual Meeting had All Hands on Deck to Steam into the Future
Joanna Walczak
CRCP Acting Manager

Traditionally, each of the four Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative (SEFCRI) focus areas (Maritime Industry and Coastal Construction Impact, Fishing Diving and Other Uses, Awareness and Appreciation, and Land Based Sources of Pollution) has held separate annual meetings. However, this year the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Coral Reef Conservation Program (FDEP CRCP) helped organize and execute a meeting of the full SEFCRI Team at Longkey Nature Preserve on September 21 and 22, 2011. Over the course of the two-day...

SEFCRI Embarks on Management Alternatives Identification Process
Jamie Monty
Fishing, Diving and Other Uses Project Coordinator

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...

Coral Reef Outreach at Community Events
Christopher Boykin
Awareness and Appreciation Project Coordinator

On November 11-13, 2012, staff from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Coral Reef Conservation Program (FDEP CRCP), conducted outreach at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens 72nd Annual “Ramble: A Garden Festival”, which draws approximately 8,000 visitors each year. Over the last six years, staff at the FDEP CRCP have conducted roughly 23 days of outreach at community events and environmental festivals across southeast Florida. Through these face to face interactions with the general public, more than 6,500...

SEFCRI REPORTS
You can view all of the completed project reports and work products online.
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Reef Injury Prevention and Response Update
Introducing the New Reef Injury Prevention and Response (RIPR) Coordinator
FDEP CRCP Staff
Learn more about
Florida's New
CORAL REEF
PROTECTION ACT
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Other Programs
The Future of Southeast Florida’s Marine Event Programs
FDEP CRCP Staff
UPCOMING MEETINGS
You can view the schedule for meetings, workshops, meeting summaries and more for the Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Coral Reef Conservation Program online.
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http://www.dep.state.fl.us/ http://coralreef.noaa.gov/ http://www.noaa.gov/
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Coral Reef Conservation Program
1277 NE 79th Street Causeway
Miami, FL 33138
E-mail: coral@dep.state.fl.us
Phone: 305-795-1233