• Purple, yellow, gold and orange sponges and soft corals wave against a turquioise sea.

    Biscayne

    National Park Florida

Final Coral Reef Restoration Plan and Environmental Impact Statement Released

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Date: May 2, 2011
Contact: Amanda Bourque, 305-230-1144, x005

The National Park Service has released a Final Coral Reef Restoration Plan and Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (plan/EIS) for Biscayne National Park. Many vessel groundings occur annually in the park, causing injuries to submerged resources. The plan/EIS provides a systematic approach for addressing injuries to coral reefs caused by vessel groundings.

The NPS's preferred alternative in the plan/EIS, Restoration Using a Programmatic Approach, involves the use of a systematic approach to select suitable coral reef restoration actions from a "toolbox" containing viable restoration actions previously analyzed and judged suitable under specified conditions.

The plan/EIS is available on the web at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/bisc. After a required 30-day waiting period following release of the plan/EIS, the NPS will finalize its choice of alternative in a record of decision.

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