[Coral-List] Fwd: FL Legislature and SEAKEYS

Todd Barber reefball at reefball.com
Fri Mar 9 07:56:23 EST 2012

What about making it a private system and charge for the data?  You
could see a "license" to use the data to various universities, even
government entities on a pay as you go system.  That would make the
system self sustaining in the long run.


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On Thu, Mar 8, 2012 at 12:24 PM, Billy Causey <billy.causey at noaa.gov> wrote:
> Jim ...
> First of all, I need to correct something here.  Nearly half of the SEAKEYS
> stations are in State waters.  The Tortugas Station and Sand Key are for
> sure and several others are close.  But that's not the question when we are
> all suppose to be using an ecosystem approach to management.  Anyway ....
> it's good to hear so many people care about the fate of SEAKEYS.
> I have been following this SEAKEYS thread with great interest and as you
> well know a feeling of desperation.  I won't go into a full history of the
> SEAKEYS concept, it's development and it's champions... but suffice it to
> say there have been many, but John Ogden stands out among the rest!
> In 1988-89, a group of scientists and managers held a workshop at Ian
> Koblick's Marine Resources Development Foundation in Key Largo.  A side
> note is that it was the infamous workshop where it was announced by a
> scientist that the corals in the Keys would be dead in 10 years and it was
> on the heels of massive Caribbean-wide coral bleaching events with the Keys
> receiving the brunt of a number of major catastrophic perturbations.  The
> workshop produced a proceedings and "A Blueprint for Action" was part of
> the title of the proceedings that were edited by James Miller, previously
> the editor of the first NOAA Dive Manuel.  Way too much detail!
> Among the recommendations from the workshop was that we needed measurements
> of the oceanographic parameters along the Florida Keys. The coral bleaching
> vs nutrients debate was in full-swing and we needed answers as to why the
> reefs had turned stark white twice (1983 and 1987) in the Florida Keys, and
> elsewhere.  John Ogden, the fairly recently appointed Director of the
> Florida Institute of Oceanography, took the recommendation seriously and
> submitted a proposal to the MacAruthur Foundation who funded the start-up
> and operations of SEAKEYS for the first 3 years.  After that, finding
> the funding was always a challenge from year to year, but we used South
> Florida Ecosystem Restoration funds, periodic funds from National Marine
> Sanctuaries, funds from ship groundings when it could be linked back to
> specific reefs, and an alphabet soup of other funders and sources.  SEAKEYS
> has been on the chopping block many times, and each time we were able to
> find the funding to move over to FIO who has been the very capable and
> long-term sponsor of the project.
> The need has not gone away .... and it is good to see how many people care
> about and utilize data from the SEAKEYS system. However, I am concerned
> that funding will not come in time to save SEAKEYS.  When the IOOS era
> began emerging, I always thought we were home free ..... because SEAKEYS
> had been in place well over a decade and a half when the IOOS initiatives
> became popular. Where-else could we demonstrate the need and effectiveness
> of ocean observing systems?  Yet, funding did not flow toward FIO to
> maintain the largest array of oceanographic stations along the east coast..
> I don't have an answer at the moment, but I am concerned for coral reef
> managers and scientists all over South Florida and the Wider Caribbean and
> hope we can cobble together another "life-ring" for SEAKEYS.  Who wants to
> step up and be a champion?
> Cheers, Billy
> On Thu, Mar 8, 2012 at 7:27 AM, Jim Hendee <jim.hendee at noaa.gov> wrote:
>> Coral-Listers,
>>   The (previous) Field Operations Manager of SEAKEYS, Jon Fajans, sent me
>> a reminder about why the State of Florida has declined supporting the
>> continued maintenance of the network:
>> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>> From: Jon Fajans
>> Date: Wed, Mar 7, 2012 at 12:31 PM
>> Subject: FL Legislature and SEAKEYS
>> To: Jim Hendee <Jim.Hendee at noaa.gov>
>> Hi Jim,****
>> ** **
>> The State of Florida has been asked repeatedly for funding for the SEAKEYS
>> program, and each time they have declined, pointing out that the stations
>> (and the reef for that matter) are in federal waters outside the State’s
>> three mile boundary.****
>> ** **
>> Jon Fajans****
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