[Coral-List] How do you use southeast Florida's reefs? Important data needed for the future of our reefs

Amanda Costaregni ac1724 at nova.edu
Fri Dec 12 14:10:15 EST 2014

Hi all,

I am a graduate student at Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center and am excited to announce the launch of the Our Florida Reefs coastal and ocean use survey! This survey is being conducted as part of a local initiative for our area, known as Our Florida Reefs. Hosted by the Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative (SEFCRI), this planning process brings together the community of local residents, reef users, business owners, visitors and the broader public in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, and Martin counties to develop management recommendations that can become part of a comprehensive management strategy to ensure healthy coral reefs in the future.

Not only will this survey support the Our Florida Reefs process but it will also be extremely helpful in the development of my thesis project.

Please follow this link to register http://ofr-coastal-use.point97.io/respond/register/ofr-mapping  or visit the Our Florida Reefs webpage at www.ourfloridareefs.org<http://www.ourfloridareefs.org> and click on the MAPPING tab.

WHAT: We are collecting information on how you enjoy the reefs in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, and Martin counties. By providing information on where you fish, dive, boat, surf, etc. you will be part of the data used by the Our Florida Reefs Community Working Groups to enhance recommendations on managing our reefs to better balance resource use and protection.

HOW: When you enter your e-mail address at the web address above, you will be sent a personal link to your survey. This link will allow you to access the survey as many times as needed. All of your work will be saved and you will be able to open and edit your survey until it is complete. Once the "submit" button is selected, however, it is considered finalized and you may no longer edit your survey.

And don't worry, any personal information remains private and the locations you provide will be general in nature. Thank you for taking the time to contribute your valuable information to the Our Florida Reefs community planning process.
Please share this survey with friends and family! Spread the word any way you can! We want everyone in the region to have a chance to be involved and tell us how they use our Florida reefs. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Best regards,
Amanda R. Costaregni
Graduate Research Assistant, GIS and Spatial Ecology Lab
Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center
8000 N Ocean Dr. Dania Beach, FL 33004

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