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Reef Injury Prevention and Response Program

 

Steps to Avoid Damaging Coral Reefs


When planning a trip, download the Southeast Florida Coral Reef Locator on the Explorer for ArcGIS app, NOAA’s Benthic Habitat Maps & Charts, and Southeast Florida Mooring Buoys locator. Click the links below. 


View Southeast Florida Reefs on Your Mobile Device


Benthic Habitat Maps & Nautical Charts*

    Broward County Benthic Habitat Maps

    Martin County Benthic Habitat Maps

    Miami-Dade County Benthic Habitat Maps

    Palm Beach County Benthic Habitat Maps

    *For 508-Compliant versions of above maps and charts, please email Mollie.Sinnott@FloridaDEP.gov


    When Possible, Avoid Anchoring and Hook On to Mooring Buoys

    Find GPS coordinates for Southeast Florida Mooring Buoys.
    Learn how to hook a mooring buoy with an informational video from Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.


    Report Coral Damage

    To report a vessel grounding, anchoring incident or other coral reef injury in southeast Florida (Miami-Dade to Martin County), use the Southeast Florida Action Network (SEAFAN)  online report form or call 1-866-770-SEFL (7335).

    For large vessel groundings requiring immediate attention, please call the 24-hour emergency groundings cell phone at 786-385-3054


    Florida's Coral Reef Protection Act

    In recognition of Florida's unique coral reef systems and their importance to the economy, the Florida Legislature enacted Section 403.93345, F.S., titled the Florida Coral Reef Protection Act (CRPA), effective July 1, 2009. The CRPA was created to increase protection of coral reef resources on submerged lands off the coasts of Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Martin counties.




    Reef Injury Prevention and Response Program

    As the state's lead trustee for coral reef resources, the DEP Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) is charged with response and recovery for coral reef injuries on sovereign submerged lands. The Reef Injury Prevention and Response Program is responsible for leading response to, and management of, coral reef and hardbottom injuries resulting from direct impacts such as vessel grounding, anchoring and cable drag events. DEP has jurisdiction over the Coral ECA, which is the northern third of Florida's Coral Reef, from the northern border of Biscayne National Park in Miami-Dade County to the St. Lucie Inlet in Martin County.


    Program Goals

    A primary goal of the Reef Injury Prevention and Response Program is to develop and implement management actions that prevent coral reef injuries associated with commercial and recreational vessels using tools created through the Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative and other local action strategies. When damages to reef resources do occur, the goal is to ensure that appropriate and adequate restoration and/or mitigation is carried out on impacted coral reef resources and that those responsible for damages are held accountable.

     

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    May 21, 2021 - 1:17pm

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