Let your voice be heard, January 26: Our Florida Reefs community meetings

Our Florida Reefs community meetings
Let your voice be heard at a community meeting on Tuesday, January 26 from 12:00 to 2:00 pm or 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Indian River State College Chastain Campus, 2400 SE Salerno Road in Stuart.
Learn about the Our Florida Reefs process and provide feedback on how to protect our reefs and marine resources.

OUR FLORIDA REEFS  is a community planning process for southeast Florida’s coral reefs.

Hosted by the Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative (SEFCRI), this planning process brings together the community of local residents, reef users, business owners, visitors and the broader public in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, and Martin counties to discuss the future of coral reefs in this region.

This process is designed to increase public involvement in the future management of southeast Florida’s coral reefs by seeking input from community members on the development of recommendations that can become part of a comprehensive management strategy to ensure healthy coral reefs in the future.

The planning process includes the offshore reefs in the four-county region, from north of Biscayne National Park in Miami-Dade County to the St. Lucie Inlet in Martin County.

The Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative (SEFCRI) is a local action strategy for collaborative action among government and non-governmental partners to identify and implement priority actions needed to reduce key threats to coral reef resources in southeast Florida.

 The OUR FLORIDA REEFS Community Working Groups are comprised of local reef users, scientists, and representatives from NGOs and local, state, and federal agencies. Two groups meet once a month to learn about Southeast Florida’s living marine resources, and develop a prioritized list of recommendations that can become part of a comprehensive management strategy to ensure healthy coral reefs in the future.

Florida’s Coral Reef Conservation Program coordinates research and monitoring, develops management strategies, and promotes partnerships to protect the coral reefs, hard-bottom communities, and associated reef resources of southeast Florida. CRCP leads the implementation of the Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative.

OUR FLORIDA REEFS  is funded by a state and federal partnership through a cooperative agreement between the Coral Reef Conservation Programs of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

 

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