Through cooperation with the federal government, other states, other
agencies, other portions of DEP and local partners, Florida
DEP's Office of Coastal and Aquatic Managed Areas is
better able to protect Florida's coast.
In addition to the Coral Reef Conservation
Program and its partnership with NOAA for the management of the
Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and Florida's three
National Estuarine Research Reserves, CAMA is involved in
several cooperative efforts to protect Florida's coast. The office is the lead
in the Gulf of Mexico Alliance and South Atlantic Alliance.
These two multi-state initiatives were formed to increase
regional collaboration and enhance the ecological and economic
health of the region with federal support. CAMA also
administers the Florida Oceans and Coastal Council.
- National Estuarine Research Reserves (NERRs)
were designated by joint action of the state and the federal
government through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration. CAMA provides stewardship, education and
training, and research and monitoring programs at the three
- Florida Keys National Marine
Sanctuary covers 2.3 million acres of state and
federal submerged lands. The Office of Coastal and Aquatic
Managed Areas assists in the management of the Sanctuary in
partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
- The Coral Reef Conservation
Program coordinates research and monitoring,
develops management strategies and promotes partnerships to
protect the reefs along the Southeast Florida coast,
pursuant to the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force's National Action
- The Florida Oceans and Coastal Council
develops priorities for ocean and coastal research and
establishing a statewide ocean research plan. The Council
also coordinates public and private ocean research for more
effective coastal management. It is comprised of 15 voting
members appointed by Department of Environmental Protection,
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and is
administered by CAMA.
- The Gulf of Mexico Alliance
is a partnership of the states of Alabama, Florida,
Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas, with the goal of
significantly increasing regional collaboration to enhance
the ecological and economic health of the Gulf of Mexico.
Governor's South Atlantic Alliance is a partnership among the states of North Carolina, South
Carolina, Georgia and Florida, intended to to significantly
increase regional collaboration among South Atlantic states,
with federal agency partners and other stakeholders, to
sustain and enhance the environmental (coastal/marine),
natural resource, economic, public safety, social, and
national defense missions of the respective states and the
South Atlantic region.
Learning in Florida's Environment (LIFE)
is an initiative to establish a series of field-based, environmental-science, education programs around the state.
Each program will represent a partnership between the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and a local
school district. All three of Florida's NERRs are participants.