The Florida Reef (also known as the Great Florida Reef, Florida reefs, Florida Reef Tract and Florida Keys Reef Tract) is the only living coral barrier reef in the continental United States. It is the third largest coral barrier reef system in the world (after the Great Barrier Reef and Belize Barrier Reef).
As the Fishing Capitol of the World, Florida’s reefs are precious to anglers as home to a diverse array of sportfish. A dredging project at Port Everglades currently being planned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) could negatively impact the reefs there.
Recent dredging operations in the Port of Miami caused severe impacts to a huge area of reef due to faulty environmental analyses. Because of opposition from numerous groups including ASA/KFF, the USACE has delayed the project until 2021 and will revise the project’s environmental impact assessment.