Jupiter Dive Center and Southeast Florida Action Network (SEAFAN) have joined forces to protect our reefs.
April 28, 2021 6:00pm - 7pm
Join us for an online call to learn what you can do to help! The Southeast Florida Action Network (SEAFAN) is a citizen reporting and response system designed to improve the protection and management of southeast Florida's offshore coral reefs by enhancing marine debris cleanup efforts, increasing response to vessel groundings and anchor damage, and providing early detection of potentially harmful biological disturbances. In this webinar, the Coral Reef Conservation Program’s Reef Resilience Coordinator, Jenna Dilworth, will cover the SEAFAN program, how it helps protect Florida’s Coral Reef, and how you can get involved and be the Department of Environmental Protection’s eyes and ears on the reef!
Click here to see what SEAFAN Does for our reefs! https://youtu.be/P8ZnGxNWQPk
SEAFAN - The Southeast Florida Action Network
The Southeast Florida Action Network (SEAFAN) is a citizen reporting and response system designed to improve the protection and management of southeast Florida's offshore coral reefs by enhancing marine debris cleanup efforts, increasing response to vessel groundings and anchor damage, and providing early detection of potentially harmful biological disturbances.
What Areas Are Covered?
SEAFAN covers the offshore coral reefs within the northern third of the Florida Reef Tract; from the northern border of Biscayne National Park in Miami-Dade County to the St. Lucie Inlet in Martin County. To report marine incidents in the Florida Keys, visit C-OCEAN.
What Should Be Reported?
Report any unusual sightings, including marine debris, vessel groundings, and anchor damage, invasive species, harmful algal blooms, fish disease and fish kills, discolored water, and coral disease and bleaching. There is no special training needed and no further participation is required; just report what, when, and where the incident was observed. For more information on the current coral disease affecting our local reefs, check out our dedicated disease page.
The network is composed of people who spend time on the water, such as divers, snorkelers, commercial and recreational anglers, boaters, law enforcement personnel, environmental professionals and anyone else who uses the water or visits the coast. Everyone can contribute to the network by being the eyes and ears on the reef.
How Does it Work?
SEAFAN combines three separate programs, each of which is designed to reduce a unique threat to southeast Florida's coral reefs: The Marine Debris Reporting and Removal Program, the BleachWatch Program, and the Reef Injury Prevention and Response Program (RIPR).
All reports received through the telephone hotline or online form are logged into a comprehensive marine incident database and evaluated. When appropriate, a response is coordinated based on the type of report:
- Marine debris reports are used to target future cleanup efforts. Large debris is documented for future removal by experienced personnel, while sites that tend to accumulate smaller debris are identified for volunteer-based reef cleanup events.
- If necessary, vessel grounding or anchor damage reports are followed by a site assessment to determine the presence and extent of reef injuries. Response efforts include outreach to the responsible parties in order to reduce the likelihood of a repeat occurrence and, in some cases, mitigation activities to restore the damaged or lost resources.
- Reports of possible biological events (e.g., fish disease and fish kills, harmful algal blooms, coral disease and bleaching, invasive species, discolored water, etc.) are tracked to determine the spatial extent and duration of the incident. DEP CRCP staff distributes information and coordinates with regional partners to schedule initial site assessments and implement response protocols when necessary.