Goal: To improve coral reef restoration and conserve SGCN through planning and research.
Objective 1: By 2014, develop a comprehensive coral reef restoration plan for Florida that will outline the essential strategies necessary to affect a well-coordinated, comprehensive coral reef restoration effort in Florida.
Description: The document identifies the research and conservation actions necessary for this effort based upon the consensus recommendations of scientists and conservation managers across the region. The lack of a unified restoration strategy has resulted in duplication of effort in some restoration activities while vital gaps in others remain. The identified research needs and prioritization of activities provided by the plan will help to focus projects considered for Objective 2.
Objective 2: By 2017, support 18 projects designed to fill either, a) information gaps identified in the coral reef plan from Objective 1 or, b) priority activities identified in the coral reef plan from Objective 1.
Description: Projects fulfilling Objective 2 will focus on three prioritized topics of study related to coral reef ecosystem restoration research. These three areas are: i) coral disease; ii) coral reef ecosystem processes; and, iii) coral traits.
Although the marine goal is focused on coral reef restoration and conservation, other marine habitats, like oyster reefs or seagrass habitat, will not be excluded from potentially receiving SWG funds. Under the habitat monitoring objective, FWLI will be building upon and expanding our Statewide Habitat Reporting System. The original report included seagrass as well as coral reef habitats and will expand to fill data gaps and include more marine habitats. Under the climate change objective, we plan to expand our climate change efforts to include adaptation strategies for more marine species and habitats as well.
From the Action Plan:
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