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Inter-Governmental Cooperation Programs

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.

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  • 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 Research Reserves.
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  • 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 Administration.
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  • 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 Plan.
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  • 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.
  • The 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.



Last updated: January 02, 2014

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