Click on any Recommended Management Action (RMA) below to see the full titles and supporting information. Each RMA has 3 accompanying documents:

  • 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-59: Establish Maximum Size Limits for Ecologically Significant Reef-Associated Fish
Establish maximum size limits to complement existing regulations for ecologically significant reef-associated fish species (including but not limited to grouper and snapper species and hogfish) to increase numbers of the larger, more fecund individuals within the southeast Florida assemblage.


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N-64: Encourage Voluntary Labeling of Fishing Gear in St. Lucie Inlet Preserve
Encourage voluntary labeling of lead line for all cast nets over six feet, as well as reporting the day, time and coordinates of any lost nets to St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park staff, SEAFAN, or participating local dive shops for retrieval on an as needed basis, for commercial and recreational fisherman, within the preserve to prevent and track lost gear (ghost nets).


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N-70: Protect and Restore Estuarine Habitats
Protect and restore mangroves, seagrass beds, oyster reefs and other estuarine habitats.


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N-137: Designate SEFCRI Region as PSSA or ATBA
Designate the entire Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative (SEFCRI) region as a Particularly Sensitive Areas (PSA) and/or an Area To Be Avoided (ATBA).


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S-8: Establish Coral Reefs Gardens
Establish coral reef gardens, which are areas for the recovery, restoration, and recruitment of corals and fish, created under strong guidance from scientists and monitored by the community through an educational campaign.


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S-54: Apply for Florida Reef Tract to be Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Apply for United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) world heritage site status for entire Florida Reef Tract to increase awareness and appreciation of the ecological and cultural significance of Florida’s coral reef ecosystem.


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S-65: Nominate SEFCRI Region as a National Marine Sanctuary
Nominate the Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative region for consideration as a National Marine Sanctuary to be co-managed with the State of Florida to engender protection and benefits, a legal forum, discussion, understanding and collaboration, and balance uses towards sustainable resources.


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S-86: Ban Live Mounts and Promote Proper handling and release techniques of All Shark Species
Ban live mounts of all shark species (catch for the sole purpose of taxidermy/mounting or marketing with no intention to retain) in order to reduce shark mortality due to charter fishing practices that ensure mount sales and dockside marketing and promote proper handling and release techniques for shark species to reduce mortality in catch & release scenarios.


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S-87: Increase Protection of Important Reef Herbivores
Modify or enhance existing regulations to increase protection for parrotfish and other important herbivores for coral ecosystem protection.


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S-97: Reduce Bag Limit to 6 per Person per Day During Lobster Mini Season
Maintain lobster mini season but reduce the bag limit to six lobsters per person per day to be consistent state wide, and require the review of educational materials and completion of an educational quiz in order to receive an annual license.


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S-2: Create a SEFCRI-Wide Mooring Buoy Program
Create and fund one SEFCRI-wide mooring buoy program as a more coordinated and cost effective way of protecting reefs from anchor damage.


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