Agency to reveal new coral reef restoration and preservation approach
On Mon., Dec. 9, NOAA and its partners will announce a major coral reef restoration strategy targeting seven reefs in the Florida Keys. The groundbreaking “Mission: Iconic Reefs” effort is intended to change the severely declining health of North America’s only barrier coral reef.
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Florida’s coral reefs have been in decline since the 1970s due to hurricanes, heat-induced bleaching, cold snaps, disease and increased human use. Members of the media are invited to learn more about the effort, interview experts, and participate in an optional tour of a coral nursery and restoration site.
Media interested in attending should RSVP by Thu., Dec. 5 to Gena Parsons, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, [email protected], 305-304-0179.
Coral Reef Foundation divers transplant nursery-grown staghorn coral to Carysfort Reef in 2018. On Dec. 9, NOAA will announce a major coral reef restoration strategy targeting seven reefs in the Florida Keys. (Coral Restoration Foundation)
Announcement of NOAA-led “Mission: Iconic Reefs” coral reef restoration initiative
Mon., Dec. 9, 10:30 a.m. EST
Murray Nelson Government Center
102050 Overseas Highway
Key Largo, Florida 33037
- National Ocean Service: Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
- NOAA Fisheries: Office of Habitat Conservation Restoration Center
- Coral Restoration Foundation
- Florida Department of Environmental Protection
- FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
- Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium
- Reef Renewal
- The Florida Aquarium
- The Nature Conservancy
10:30 a.m.: Briefing presentation - NOAA
11:00 a.m.: Q&A - NOAA and partners
11:30 a.m.: Opportunity for interviews with project subject-matter experts on coral reef restoration
1:00 p.m.: Optional on-the-water tour of an underwater coral nursery and restoration site. Snorkel gear and light lunch provided. Weather dependent. RSVP required.
The announcement will be streamed live on Monroe County Television: https://monroe-fl.vod.castus.tv/vod/?live=ch1&view=3.
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