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Florida's Coral Reef Webinar Series

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Every year during Earth Month, the Coral Reef Conservation Program invites you to participate in educational webinars about the wonders of our underwater national treasure: Florida's Coral Reef.

This April, we had another wonderful series of talks. They were all recorded and are available below. 

 

2022 Florida's Coral Reef Webinar Recordings

Introducing Florida's Coral Reef

An introduction to our reef: What are corals, why are they important, what threats do they face, and what can we do to protect them?

Marine Invertebrate Identification (Part One of Two)

Learn how to identify the incredible invertebrates (excluding stony corals) found on Florida's Coral Reef.

Marine Invertebrate Identification (Part Two of Two)

Learn how to identify the incredible invertebrates (excluding stony corals) found on Florida's Coral Reef. (Continued from Part One)

Reef Fish Identification (Part One of Two)

Learn how to identify the fantastic fish found on Florida's Coral Reef.

Reef Fish Identification (Part Two of Two)

Learn how to identify the fantastic fish found on Florida's Coral Reef. (Continued from Part One)

BleachWatch Observer Training

Recreational, commercial and scientific divers are encouraged to become part of the BleachWatch Observer Network by participating in a training session. This class includes a short lesson on coral biology, an overview of coral bleaching and disease, a description of the BleachWatch Early Warning Program, and how to properly assess coral condition, record observations and submit reports.

Protecting Florida's Coral Reef + SEAFAN

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.

Learn more about SEAFAN and how to get involved in protecting Florida's Coral Reef.

How to Identify Florida’s Stony Corals (Part One of Two)

Learn how to identify the spectacular stony corals found on Florida's Coral Reef.

How to Identify Florida’s Stony Corals (Part Two of Two)

Learn how to identify the spectacular stony corals found on Florida's Coral Reef. (Continued from Part One)

Coral Reef Story Time

Friends of Our Florida Reef hosts a reading of an illustrated story about coral reefs. A session for all ages.



After watching the webinars, test your identification skills with these species identification videos and keys from the Nova Southeastern University GIS and Spatial Ecology Lab.


Video 1
Coral species 
A close-up of an Acropora spp. coral in a reef ecosystem

Mountainous star coral (Orbicella faveolata)

Great star coral (Montastrea cavernosa)

Fish Species

0:00 - Red grouper (Epinelphelus morio)
0:00 and 0:10 - Porkfish (Anisotremus virginicus
0:14 - Sergeant major (Abudefduf saxatilis) and  bluehead wrasse (Thalassoma bifasciatum)


Video 2
Coral species 

Mountainous star coral (Orbicella faveolata)

Fish Species

0:00, 0:10 and 0:50 - Porkfish (Anisotremus virginicus)
0:00 and 0:50 - Mangrove/gray snapper (Lutjanus griseus)
0:36 and 0:45 - Bermuda chubs (Kyphosis sectatrix)
1:09 - Bluestriped grunt (Haemulon sciurus)


Video 3
Coral species 

Mountainous star coral (Orbicella faveolata)

Fish Species

0:00, 0:50, 1:45, and 2:15 - Porkfish (Anisotremus virginicus)
0:03, 0:40 and 2:00 - Gray angelfish (Pomacanthus arcuatus)
0:30 - Mixed grunts and snappers
0:52 - Sergeant major (Abudefduf saxatilis)
1:35 - Bicolor damselfish (Stegastes partitus)
1:40 - Juvenile wrasse 
1:43 - Bluehead wrasse (Thalassoma bifasciatum)
2:15 - Bluestriped grunts (Haemulon sciurus)
2:15 - French grunts (Haemulon flavolineatum)
2:18 - Mangrove/gray snapper (Lutjanus griseus)
2:57 - French angelfish (Pomocanthus paru)
3:45 and 4:08 - Spiny lobsters
3:53 - Harlequin bass (Serranus tigrinis)
4:45 - Long spined urchin (Diadema antillarum)


Watch recordings from the 2021 Coral Reef Webinar Week


Watch recordings from the 2020 Coral Reef Webinar Week

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