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SEAFAN - The Southeast Florida Action Network

Do you need to report a Marine Incident?
Have you taken a BleachWatch Training Class?
Have you seen a tagged coral? 
SEAFAN
Call the SEAFAN hotline at 866-770-SEFL (7335) or report online
SEAFAN BleachWatch
If you are a trained and certified BleachWatch observer you can submit a report to SEAFAN BleachWatch to detect and monitor coral bleaching events in southeast Florida.
Divers and snorkelers in the Florida Keys can assist in monitoring the effectiveness of experimental treatments on diseased corals. Submit a report to the Citizen Science Photo Submission Form

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 the offshore coral reefs within 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.
 

Who's Involved?

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 two 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 (MDP), 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 are 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.
     

For more information, or to schedule an informational class, please email: coral@FloridaDEP.gov 



The Southeast Florida Action Network (SEAFAN) is a citizen reporting and response system
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May 17, 2019 - 12:21pm

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