Coral reef impacts from large vessel groundings and anchor or cable drag events cause immediate and long-term injuries; vessel hulls, anchors, and propellers can fracture and crush coral reef framework, scrape the reef surface and dislodge corals, sponges and other marine animals and plants.
In 2009, the Florida Legislature passed the Coral Reef Protection Act (CRPA) to increase protection of coral reef resources on sovereign submerged lands off the coasts of Martin, Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe counties. The CRPA authorizes the FDEP to protect coral reefs through timely and efficient assessment and recovery of damages to coral reefs.
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