Click on each draft Recommended Management Action (RMA) below to view all the public comments received for it. Please review the comment card first to remember exactly what questions were asked on the public comment card.

Education and Outreach:

  • N-5: Enhance Marine and Ecosystems Curriculum in Schools
  • N-14: Enhance Distribution of Educational Materials about the Value of FL Reefs
  • N-15: Promote Citizen Supported Organization (CSO)
  • N-18: Include multi-cultural fishing practices in Fishery Educational Programs
  • N-19: Distribute Nautical Charts with Natural Resource Information to Boaters
  • N-21: Distribute Reef Information to New FL Residents
  • N-23: Create a Voluntary Marine Industry “Blue Star” Certification Program
  • N-37: Improve Existing FWC Hotline for Reporting Marine Incidents
  • N-41: Develop a Voluntary Fee to Fund Education and Conservation Programs
  • N-123: Develop a Finance Plan to Support Reef Conservation
  • S-52: Create a Reef Protection Mascot/Logo Campaign
  • S-67: Provide Incentives to Eradicate Invasive Species
  • S-75: Create a Voluntary Reef-User Donation Fund to Support Reef Conservation
  • S-91: Develop an App for Reporting Marine Incidents

Fishing, Diving, Boating, and Other Uses/Resoration:

  • N-59: Ban Spearfishing on SCUBA
  • N-64: Require Registration of Fishing Gear in St. Lucie Inlet Preserve
  • N-70: Protect and Restore Estuarine Habitats
  • N-137: Designate SEFCRI Region as PSSA or ATBA
  • S-8: Establish Coral Reefs Gardens
  • S-54: Apply for FL Reef Tract to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • S-65: Nominate SEFCRI Region as a National Marine Sanctuary
  • S-86: Ban Live Mounts and Promote Proper handling and release techniques of All Shark Species
  • S-87: Increase Protection of Important Reef Herbivores
  • S-97: Reduce Bag Limit to 6 per Person per Day During Lobster Mini Season
  • S-2: Create a SEFCRI-Wide Mooring Buoy Program

Land-Based Sources of Pollution:

  • N-1: Educate the Public about Land-Based Sources of Pollution
  • N-8: Educate the Public about Eco-Friendly Yard Maintenance
  • N-68: Regulate Fertilizers and Pesticides
  • N-69: Provide Incentives to Restore Wetlands and Stop Discharges to Estuaries
  • N-71: Maintain a Unified Monitoring Program for Sources of Pollution
  • N-75: Offer Free Pump-Out Stations to Boaters
  • N-78: Reduce Ground Water Pollution from Septic/Storage Tanks
  • N-82: Promote Initiatives to Reduce Negative Impacts of Stormwater Drainage
  • N-94: Development a “Green” Club Certification Program for Golf Courses
  • N-97: Implement LBSP Reduction at Pollution Hotspots
  • N-116: Implement Regional “Living Shorelines”
  • N-120: Overturn Current Legislation that Restricts Bans on Plastic Bags
  • S-25: Encourage the Closure of all Wastewater Outfalls by 2025
  • S-28: Support Everglades Flow Restoration
  • S-110: Eliminate Over-Beach Discharge of Water

Enforcement:

  • N-7: Offer an Online Exam to Receive a Discount on Fishing Licenses
  • N-25: Strengthen Penalties for Reef-Related Violations
  • N-27: Establish Co-Management Agreements to Address Staff Capacity Gaps in Enforcement Agencies
  • N-35: Implement Conservation Regulation Training for Marine Enforcement Units
  • N-36: Raise the Cost of Recreational Lobster Stamps and Dedicate Funds to Species Enforcement
  • N-44: Educate Judiciary on Penalties for Environmental Violation
  • S-92: Protect Reefs from Anchor Damage During Beach and Coastal Events
  • S-95: Perform a Study to Determine how to Improve Law Enforcement Management
  • S-98: Simplify FWC Regulations Regarding Size Limits
  • S-99: Increase the Number of FWC Enforcement Officers
  • S-125: Request that FWC Better Define the Word “Take”

Maritime Industry and Coastal Construction Impacts:

  • N-113: Eliminate Lake Worth Inlet Port Expansion Project
  • N-114: Reinstate Funding for Regulatory Agency Dive Teams to Monitor Reefs as needed
  • N-117: Improve Impact Minimization and Mitigation Activities for Unavoidable Impacts to Resources
  • S-1: Remove Tires and Debris from Broward County artificial tire reef projects (a.k.a. Osborne Tire Reef)
  • S-100: Support Redefining the Port of Miami Anchorage to Reduce Anchor Damage to the Reefs
  • S-101: Create a Required Training Program for Coastal Construction Project Contractors
  • S-102: Integrate Quality Control Procedures and Triggers within Permits to Initiate Corrective Action During Coastal Development Projects
  • S-103: Integrate Best Management Practices into Coastal Construction Project Design
  • S-104: Set New Turbidity Standards and Support the Improvement of Turbidity Monitoring Methods
  • S-106: Establish a Turbidity Monitoring Certification Program
  • S-107: Encourage Biological Monitoring of Resources Impacted by Nourishment Projects
  • S-108: Revise/Create a Uniform Mitigation Assessment Method for Reef Environments
  • S-114: Implement a Mechanism that allows Permitting Agencies to Apply Lessons from Previous Projects to Future Projects
  • S-116: Reduce Beach Raking
  • S-120: Improve Maintenance Activities of Beaches for Sustainability
  • S-124: Create Regional Ecosystem Based Beach Management Strategies

Place-Based:

  • N-146: Implement an MPA Zoning Framework for the SEFCRI Region

 

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