NOAA to announce major Florida Keys coral reef restoration effort

NOAA to announce major Florida Keys coral reef restoration effort
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Agency to reveal new coral reef restoration and preservation approach

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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,, 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:

NOAA's mission is to understand and predict changes in the Earth's environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and to conserve and manage our coastal and marine resources. Join us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and our other social media channels.


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