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NOAA Restore Act Science Program published Science Plan Framework

As we continue to move forward on the restoration of the Gulf of Mexico following the Deep Horizon oil spill,    NOAA has this month published

Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Science, 
Observation, Monitoring, and Technology Program 
NOAA RESTORE Act 
Science Program

Please click above and review the pdf  as you continue to work on restoration plans in your area.    It would be my hope that each plan would be meshed with the scientific observation, and monitoring.    Don’t forget the Science dollars come from an additional “pot” of money.

– See more at: https://reefinnovations.com/reef-ball-foundation/restore-act-science-program/#sthash.ZTZjHE4j.dpuf

DEMA 2013 Reef Innovations was there.

It was great seeing many divers that have worked on Reef Ball projects from around the world.    The emphasis was divers can make a difference and need to take action creation reefs and restoring damage to the oceans that we have all impacted.

Please look over the slides and feel free to download and use the Power Point in presentations to your Dive Groups and community.

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(click to download the full power point presentation)    Divers Make a Difference

” EFH ” Essential Fish Habitat – Reef Balls

Are you aware of the federal mandates to identify ” EFH ” Essential Fish Habitat?

As you are planning for your restoration projects, you should review all the collected data.   I think you will find that various habitats using Reef Balls, are a must in your estuaries, nearshore and offshore projects.      Compare, all the characteristics of the modules, surface area, texture and habitat structure to see that you get the maximum benefit.

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Accessing data on EFH, is made simple thanks to NOAA.

The  Essential Fish Habitat Mapper is available on NOAA’s web site.   Use this to map the path of various species  the Government has mandated they study,  as they mature.  This will be helpful in identifying locations for your restoration projects.

Don’t forget to consult with Larry Beggs  from Reef Innovations as you look for the right artificial habitat for your EFH.