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Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative - New Team Members Needed

Hi all,

The Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative (SEFCRI) is currently looking for new project team members to fill seats in the following categories:
Diving – 4 seats
Fishing- 4 seats
NGO-3 seats
Private business – 2 seats
Academic-1 seat
Other – 3 seats

Applications are available at http://www.southeastfloridareefs.net/contact-us/

They will be accepting applications through March 18th.

Thanks,

Julio

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  • Key LimeKey Lime Posts: 360 Officer
    Couldn't open the link to the Charter, so I emailed Jamie. Thanks for sharing.
  • jjimenez1jjimenez1 Posts: 129 Officer
    Thanks for the heads up on the charter - here is a link to it: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/coastal/programs/coral/documents/SEFCRI_Charter_2012.pdf

    Take care,

    Julio
  • dpdashdpdash Posts: 5,359 Admiral
    Care to elaborate a little about what this is about?
  • jjimenez1jjimenez1 Posts: 129 Officer
    dpdash wrote: »
    Care to elaborate a little about what this is about?

    Sure! It's a little jargon-y but a little background on the Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative:

    In 1998, the Clinton administration recognized the importance of coral reef habitats, and through executive order established the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force, as a way for member states and territories with coral reef habitats to come together to share research and other info to try and help conserve coral reef ecosystems. In 2002, the Task Force asked each member state to create a Local Action Strategy, which would highlight priority threats specific to each state or territory, and a strategy for future action. Florida focused its attention to the northern third of its reef tract, from the northern border of Biscayne National Park up to the St. Lucie Inlet, because of the lack of information, ongoing research efforts, and management for this specific portion. Thus, Florida's local action strategy became known as the Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative.

    The Department of Environmental Protection and the FWC shared responsibility of representing the state on the Task Force, but in developing this strategy, recognized that it did not have the expertise needed to properly create this strategy. So it created the SEFCRI Team, which was composed of close to 70 different partners from different federal, state, and local agencies, as well as non-agency related stakeholders: academia, representatives from fishing and diving industry as well as fishers and divers, NGOs, and other interested stakeholders as well. This group developed over 140 projects aimed at improving our knowledge about our reef tract. Since 2003, over 120 of these projects have been completed: SEFCRI Team Members act in project teams to further develop these projects and oversee them to completion. The SEFCRI Team receives administrative support from FDEP's Coral Program, which was established in 2004 to serve as the representative for Florida to the Task Force, and to aid the SEFCRI Team.

    The SEFCRI Charter has recently been updated for the first time since its inception, and at the same time the SEFCRI Team is looking to fill open seats on the Team. New members will play an important part in helping develop future projects, and really being a key part in helping further develop a strategy for the protection of our coral reef ecosystems.

    I hope this helps. If you have any further questions, feel free to email [email protected].

    Thanks all,

    Julio
  • jjimenez1jjimenez1 Posts: 129 Officer
    Hi All,

    Wanted to do a quick bump back to top for this, because the application deadline is set for March 18th. I know a couple of you already emailed with questions and applications (thank you!), but in case anyone else is interested, you can contact me either by PM or email - [email protected].

    Thanks,

    Julio
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