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 Florida's Coral Reef, from the northern border of Biscayne National Park in Miami-Dade County to the St. Lucie Inlet in Martin County. This region is known as the Kristin Jacobs Coral Reef Ecosystem Conservation Area (Coral ECA). Marine incidents in the Florida Keys also can be reported to SEAFAN.
You can also check and report beach conditions (weather and surf conditions, tides, crowds, debris, drift algae, jellyfish and more) on Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium’s Beach Conditions Reporting System (BCRS) at VisitBeaches.org or on the BCRS – Mote Marine Laboratory mobile app.
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, 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, visit 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.
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 coordinate future cleanup efforts. Large debris is targeted 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) are tracked to determine the spatial extent and duration of the incident. DEP staff distributes information and coordinates with regional partners to schedule initial site assessments and implement response protocols when necessary.
Check out the new SEAFAN flyer, which you can download, print and share at your convenience.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.