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South Florida/Caribbean I&M Network (SFCN)

South Florida/Caribbean Network

American crocodile at Biscayne National Park Cypress habitat at Big Cypress National Preserve Aerial view of Buck Island Reef National Monument Biologists collecting soil elevation data in the Everglades Green turtle at Virgin Islands National Park Queen butterfly at Big Cypress National Preserve A  diver films a benthic transect to monitor coral Freshwater prairie at Everglades National Park Colorful reef formation at Dry Tortugas National Park

The South Florida/Caribbean Network (SFCN) is one of 32 vital signs monitoring networks across the National Park Service. These networks make-up the Inventory & Monitoring Program. The environmental inventory and monitoring information gathered by the SFCN is used by park managers to fulfill the National Park Service's mission to manage park resources "unimpaired for future generations."

The seven parks in the South Florida/Caribbean Inventory and Monitoring Network (SFCN) encompass a wide variety of freshwater and marine habitats: Big Cypress National Preserve, Biscayne National Park, Buck Island Reef National Monument, Dry Tortugas National Park, Everglades National Park, Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve, and Virgin Islands National Park. These parks face many challenges: regional large-scale changes in water management, land use changes around parks, coral reef declines, sustainable fisheries, nutrient enrichment, mercury toxicity, sea level rise, global warming, invasive species, rising visitor use, and protection of 270 federal, state, or territorial species of concern.

This web site delivers information about these resources, and the scientific activities underway in the SFCN. Learn more about specific topics by exploring the links on the left or visit the park units pages to discover the particular resources found at each of these special places.

Featured Information

Monitoring Reef Fish Populations in Dry Tortugas

Reef Fish Monitoring in Dry Tortugas

One fish, two fish, red fish, goliath grouper! See NPS Youth Partnership Program (YPP) interns Meagan Murdock and Kelly Peebles (University of Miami, RSMAS), join scientists from the SFCN Marine Ecology division for a 10 day interagency monitoring assessment of reef fish populations in the Dry Tortugas, Florida.
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Invasive Exotic Plants
Early Detection Protocol

Invasive Exotic Plants Early Detection Protocol

The National Park Service South Florida\Caribbean Network and the South Florida and Caribbean Exotic Plant Management Team (EPMT) are collaborating closely on the development and implementation of this monitoring protocol to detect newly emerging and existing invasive plant species.
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South Florida/Caribbean Network Brochure

South Florida/Caribbean Network Brochure

A four-page, downloadable and printable brochure (.pdf), that provides an overview of what the South Florida/ Caribbean Network does, current inventory & monitoring research projects, etc.
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U.S. Virgin Islands Reef Fish
Monitoring Protocol

U.S. Virgin Islands Reef Fish Monitoring Protocol

This protocol entitled "Cooperative Multiagency Reef Fish Monitoring Protocol for the U.S. Virgin Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem" provides the necessary technical background and detailed description of key methods for monitoring and assessment of reef fish populations throughout the USVI.
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