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

    Biscayne

    National Park Florida

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  • Boat Tours, Paddle-craft Rentals and Select Conveniences Temporarily Unavailable

    Glass-bottom, snorkel, diving and island boat tours, and rentals for canoes and other paddle-craft, are temporarily unavailable. The park is working to resolve the issue as soon as possible and regrets the inconvenience. Limited snack items are available.

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.

Did You Know?

Flamingo Tongue Snail

When exploring Biscayne National Park's coral reefs, don't forget to slow down and take note of some of the small wonders. Turtles, sharks and shipwrecks are great, but don't miss flamingo tongue snails, Christmas tree worms and mermaid's wineglasses.