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2018 North Central Florida Artificial Reef Workshop


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Discussions on new research, statewide initiatives, and regional updates for Florida's North Central region. The cost of the workshop is $20 and includes lunch and refreshments.


8:30 AM Meet and Greet

9:00 AM Welcome and Introductions - FSG UF/IFAS - Martin Main

9:15 AM Regional and National Artificial Reef Updates - Keith Mille - FWC Artificial Reef Program

9:45 AM County Updates (9 min each) - Taylor County: Victor Blanco; Dixie County: Cheyenne Stemple;

Levy County: tbc ; Citrus County: Mark Edwards; Hernando County: Chuck Morton; Pasco County: Curtis Franklin

10:40 AM BREAK

11:00 AM Overview and regional review of proposed Restore funding for artificial reef deployments: Agency background and County perspective - Keith Kolasas - Hernando County

11:25 AM Artificial Reefs Regulatory Process - James "Bo" Davidson - USCOE

11:50 AM Pre-Permitting Assessments, Habitat mapping assessment and Inshore reefs

Keith Kolasas - Hernando County

12:15 PM LUNCH (included with registration) and Group Photo

1:15 PM UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station and collaborative opportunities for the Region

Mike Allen - NCBS Director - UF/IFAS Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Program

1:35 PM Gag Grouper and Artificial Reefs - Bill Lindberg - UF/IFAS Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Program

2:05 PM Cataloging available inter-agency benthic mapping data sets in the Gulf of Mexico: a tool for

artificial reef planning. Taj Knapp - FWC-FWRI


2:45 PM Facilitated Discussions with Counties: Round table (Permitting and Regulations - Science, Research & Monitoring - Planning, Grants and Management - Communication and Outreach)

3:45 PM Wrap Up and Next Steps - Keith Mille (FWC) and Victor Blanco (FSG)

4:00 PM Adjourn & Networking

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Live on Social Media: Zoom stream on https://www.facebook.com/floridaartificialreefs

Pre-Event Social Meeting

On Tuesday April 17th, at 5:00 PM you are welcome to join a Social meeting at the Nature Coast Biological Station (552 1st St, Cedar Key, FL 32625) to informally meet other attendees, and after 6:00 PM we will be heading a local restaurant for a group dinner. Please confirm if you are attending the Social to victorblancomar@ufl.edu