FW: [Fwd: NOAA Seeks Comments on Ways to Restore Injured Coral an d Seagrass]

Precht, Bill Bprecht at pbsj.com
Wed Feb 26 14:40:32 EST 2003

 FYI - See Below


 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 26, 2003

CONTACT:    Cheva Heck
                       Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
                       305.292.0311, ext. 26
                       305.304.0179 (cell)

NOAA Seeks Comments on Ways to Restore Injured Coral and Seagrass

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will host two public
scooping meetings to obtain input on proposed methods to restore or replace
coral and seagrass habitat destroyed by incidents such as boat groundings or
anchor damage.

NOAA is preparing programmatic environmental impact statements (PEIS) that
describe methods and guidelines for coral and seagrass restoration projects
in the Florida Keys and Flower Garden Banks (off the Texas cost) national
marine sanctuaries. Preparing these statements will help speed preparation
of environmental assessments and individual restoration plans for specific
sites and contribute to faster restoration of injured coral and seagrass

NOAA is also accepting written comments on the documents through April 15,
2003. NOAA expects to complete both the coral and seagrass environmental
impact statements by March 2004.

What:  Public scoping meetings on coral and seagrass restoration techniques

When: Thursday, March 6, 2003
  Afternoon meeting: 2:00 to 4:00 pm.
  Evening meeting: 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Where:  Marathon Garden Club, 5270 Overseas Highway, gulfside.

Contact: Harriet Sopher, 301.713.3145, ext. 109 or harriet.sopher at noaa.gov.


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