Big Bend Seagrasses Aquatic Preserve Management Plan Approved by Acquisition and Restoration Council (4/11/14) -
The Big Bend Seagrasses Aquatic Preserve Management Plan was approved by the Acquisition and Restoration Council.
The Council is responsible for reviewing the management plans and land use for all state-owned conservation lands,
as well as the selection and ranking of land acquisition projects on the Florida Forever priority list.
DEP Participates in the 14th Annual Oceans Day at the Capitol (4/9/14) - The DEP participated in the 14th annual
celebration of Florida Oceans Day at the Capitol. This year's theme, "Tomorrow's Ocean Workforce," highlighted the
contributions of the ocean and coastal economy for job creation in the Sunshine State.
Coral Reef Conservation Program Community Working Group Meetings Begin (3/17/14) - The Our Florida Reefs
community planning process for Florida's coral reefs focuses on the northern third of the Florida reef tract
stretching more than 100 miles from Key Biscayne to the St. Lucie Inlet. The working group members will meet
monthly for a year to review the latest science on Southeast Florida's coral reefs and work together to make
Governor Scott, Cabinet Approve
Rookery Bay Reserve Management Plan (3/6/14) - Governor Scott and the Florida Cabinet approved the ten year
plan for Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, a 110,000-acre site of forests, uplands and waters
in Southwest Florida.
GTM Research Reserve Hosts State of the Reserve (2/20/14) - The Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine
Research Reserve hosted its third annual State of the Reserve Friday at the Environmental Education Center in
Ponte Vedra Beach, focusing on research that examined water quality, habitats and species within estuarine and
Apalachicola NERR Staff, Volunteers Help Rescue 127
Cold-Stunned Turtles (1/31/14) - Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve staff members, along with
staff from the University of Florida, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission staff, and volunteers
patrolled the southwest corner of St. Joe Bay on shore and by boat on Thursday and Friday to search and rescue
cold-stunned sea turtles.