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  • RMA Brief: The most concise version of the RMA which includes the title, main objective, and some background information. This is the “Reader’s Digest Version”.
  • Final RMA: This is the final RMA as developed by the working groups based on information in the Tier 1 and Tier 2 worksheets as well as technical and community feedback.
  • Tier 1 and Tier 2 Information Worksheets: The original information-gathering documents used by the Community Working Group (CWG) members to develop their Recommended Management Actions (RMAs). These raw source documents aided CWG members in collecting data, information, and feedback about their RMAs. Please note that these documents may include information that is no longer pertinent to the current form of the RMA as they have evolved.
N-5: Enhance Marine and Ecosystems Curriculum in Schools
Enhance the Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative (SEFCRI) Florida reefs and ecosystems curriculum, including educating educators on available resources, and mandate that it be taught once in elementary school, once in middle school and once in high school (every school year) to provide science-based foundation for making future decisions to protect coral reefs.


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N-14: Enhance Distribution of Educational Materials about the Value of Florida Reefs
Enhance distribution of educational materials (continue current activities) highlighting the economic and recreational values of southeast Florida reefs to enhance awareness by residents, elected officials, and visitors. Source reports are optimally updated every five years, if funded.


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N-15: Promote Citizen Supported Organization (CSO)
Promote citizen supported organization (CSO) Friends of Our Florida Reefs to enable better community engagement in coral reef efforts and target funding for conservation activities more effectively and efficiently.


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N-18: Include Multi-cultural Fishing Practices in Fishery Educational Programs
Augment existing fishery and coral reef education programs to incorporate multi-cultural fishing practices including addressing environmental ethics.


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N-19: Distribute Nautical Charts with Natural Resource Information to Boaters
Make nautical charts featuring benthic natural resources coverage in the Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative (SEFCRI) region available to boaters.


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N-21: Distribute Reef Information to New Florida Residents and Visitors
Develop and distribute welcome information, digital video, or image packages for new Florida residents and visitors that provide information on impacts to reef systems and how they can be addressed to raise awareness and influence behavior change to reduce impacts to reefs.


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N-23: Create a Voluntary Marine Industry “Blue Star” Certification Program
Following the example and spirit of successful “Blue Star” programs in Florida and other developed areas of the world, create a voluntary marine industry education/certification program in the Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative (SEFCRI) region, to increase professional and consumer user awareness, responsibility, and personal pride, leading to voluntary reduction of typical user reef damage and negative impacts.


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N-37: Improve Existing FWC Hotline for Reporting Marine Incidents
Continue to improve existing Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission hotline and significantly increase (at least double existing investment in) marketing about the hotline to more efficiently report emergencies or violations, send pictures, and be able to report a problem to assist agencies to enforce the regulations that protect our coral reefs.


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N-41: Develop a Voluntary Fee to Fund Education and Conservation Programs
Develop a voluntary “Florida Reef Tract Stewardship and Job Creation fund” fee to fund education and conservation programs.


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N-123: Develop a Finance Plan to Support Reef Conservation
Develop and implement a sustainable finance plan to support coral reef conservation efforts in the Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative (SEFCRI) region.


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S-52: Create a Reef Protection Mascot/Logo Campaign
Create an effective reef protection mascot/logo campaign to increase awareness for protection.


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S-67: Provide Incentives to Eradicate Invasive Species
Provide incentives to divers and fishermen to eradicate invasive species of marine   organisms proliferating the Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative (SEFCRI) coral reef system to provide a natural ecological balance of marine and plant life for the coral reef system.


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S-75: Create a Voluntary Reef-User Donation Fund to Support Reef Conservation
Initiate voluntary donation program from all reef users via licensed dive boats or fishing boats/charters. This donation would support reef conservation programs or projects.


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S-91: Develop an App for Reporting Marine Incidents
Develop a telephone application to allow the public to photograph violations and document time, boat numbers, GIS coordinates, and violation to state Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and federal enforcement personnel to improve regulatory compliance and enforcement and improve public involvement, outreach and education concerning coastal protection in Florida.


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