Victory at Sea: Staghorn Coral and Palm Beach   1 comment

Victory at Sea: Staghorn Coral and Palm Beach Florida

Crist of the Abyss Keys

Tuesday, November 10, 2009
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The Town Council voted 4-1 Tuesday to accept a consultant’s recommendation that the town go on record in favor of extending a critical habitat designation zone for staghorn coral from the Boynton Inlet north to The Breakers.

Several known “Ocean Activists” were in attendance including:
Ed Tichenor of Reef Rescue
Connie Gasque representing the Ocean..
William Djubin of Ocean Rehab and EarthRehab
Dan and Stephanie of Cry of the Water, and +50 more divers, it was standing room only….

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  1. Breakers Shallow Reef to go without federal protection if the Town of Palm Beach gets their way

    The Palm Beach Daily News article (see Reef Rescue 11/11/09 blog) might give one the impression the Town of Palm Beach is acquiescing to federal critical habitat protection for ESA listed corals off their coastline. Not quite true – the devil is in the details. The town council has only agreed to what they know will inevitably be taken away from them by the National Marine Fisheries Service. They still refuse to give up their objection to habitat protections for inshore reefs such as Breakers Shallow and miles of offshore barrier reefs.

    The Town of Palm Beach agreed to back down on their opposition to federal critical habitat protection for Bath & Tennis Reef; location of the largest stand of ESA listed staghorn coral in Palm Beach County and the barrier reefs (Breakers Deep) for two miles north of B&T Reef. An additional 4 miles of offshore reefline will go unprotected if NMFS were to accept the town’s position.

    Also off the table, if the Town of Palm Beach gets their way, is federal protection for Breakers Shallow Reef, which according to a Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission press release is: “…a popular local dive and snorkel spot, approximately one-half mile directly offshore of the Breakers Hotel on Palm Beach. This diverse shallow reef is home to sponges, hard corals and abundant marine life, including protected species.”

    Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission Breakers Shallow link: http://myfwc.com/NEWSROOM/09/south/News_09_S_MooringBuoys.htm

    Wildlife Foundation of Florida Breakers Shallow link: http://www.wildlifeflorida.org/default.tpl?PageID=115

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