Goal: To improve coral reef restoration and conserve SGCN through planning and research.
Objective 1: By 2014, develop a comprehensive coral reef restoration plan for Florida that will outline the essential strategies necessary to affect a well-coordinated, comprehensive coral reef restoration effort in Florida.
Description: The document will identify the research and conservation actions necessary for this effort based upon the consensus recommendations of scientists and conservation managers across the region. The lack of a unified restoration strategy has resulted in duplication of effort in some restoration activities while vital gaps in others remain. The identified research needs and prioritization of activities provided by the plan will help to focus projects considered for Objective 2.
Objective 2: By 2017, support projects designed to fill either, a) information gaps identified in the coral reef plan from Objective 1 or, b) priority activities identified in the coral reef plan from Objective 1.
Description: The results of the coral reef plan from Objective 1 are unknown, however we expect that projects fulfilling Objective 2 may focus on coral health and improving restoration techniques related to these general themes: water quality including light/turbidity/color/salinity thresholds for keystone coral species, fishing pressure, climate change, corals stress and disease, Diadema, coral genetics, coral nurseries and outplanting success and techniques.
Although the marine goal is focused on coral reef restoration and conservation, other marine habitats, like oyster reefs or seagrass habitat, will not be excluded from potentially receiving SWG funds. Under the habitat monitoring objective, FWLI will be building upon and expanding our Statewide Habitat Reporting System. The original report included seagrass as well as coral reef habitats and will expand to fill data gaps and include more marine habitats. Under the climate change objective, we plan to expand our climate change efforts to include adaptation strategies for more marine species and habitats as well.
From the Action Plan:
Visit the Internet Mapping Service (IMS) website to explore detailed, interactive maps of all FWLI habitat categories.
For more information, please contact Mary Truglio