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.
Photo: Joe Marino
Southeast Florida Reef News
Coral Reef Outreach at Community Events
By Christopher Boykin
Awareness & Appreciation Project Coordinator
The Port Salerno Seafood Festival.
Photo: Christopher Boykin, FDEP CRCP
Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) staff engaged in 15 days of outreach at community events throughout southeast Florida since the inception of the new year. Face-to-face education is one of the most effective ways for residents and visitors to learn about the Florida Reef Tract, threats to the reef, and the numerous projects FDEP CRCP is implementing with partners to protect this resource. Recent outreach events included the Port Salerno Seafood Festival in Martin County, the Dania Beach Marine Flea Market, the Palm Beach Boat Show and several smaller events throughout the region.
Outreach at community events is one of the primary methods CRCP uses to engage and identify new stakeholders in the southeast Florida region. More than 500 people registered as new stakeholders at the Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative (SEFCRI) booth during these events, bringing the total number of stakeholders on the SEFCRI e-mail list to 4,671.
FDEP CRCP staff conduct approximately 23 days of community outreach each year at events throughout Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Martin counties. If you know of an appropriate event where you would like to see coral reef education and outreach occur, please email the event information to Coral@dep.state.fl.us
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