Florida DEP Coral Reef Conservation Program Update: Florida Reefs vs. Bleaching and Algae 2011. http://www.southeastfloridareefs.net/index.php?page=Summer_2011
Quote from Chantal Collier Florida DEP Coral Reef Program Manager " The presence and persistence of these living natural resources, despite the pervasive loss of habitat and reduction of many species that have resulted from decades of coastal construction, pollution, overuse and misuse, is a testimony to the resilience of coral reefs. The importance of Florida’s diverse coral reef resources is underscored by the shoreline protection from storms and erosion, production of sand for our beaches, generation of $5.7 billion in annual sales and income from fishing, diving and boating-related expenditures, and 61,000 local jobs –all of which are sustained by the coral reefs that span our coastal waters from Miami to Stuart, and comprise the northern third of the extraordinary Florida Reef Tract."
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On the Horizon: We hope to see and meet many of you at the US Coral Reef Task Force meeting in Ft. Lauderdale.
October 17‐21, 2011, at the Marriott Harbor Beach Hotel in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, in conjunction with the 2nd Reef Resilience Conference. The theme of the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Meeting will be "Integrating Management of the Florida Reef Tract,” which will address coastal and marine spatial planning, water management and coral reef restoration.
link is here: http://www.coralreef.gov/meeting26/
This meeting is open to the PUBLIC.. What are you waiting for, you are invited..!!