Monday, July 15, 2024

Military Vets, Students, Scientists Come Together To Save Coral Reefs

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Retired Special Operations military veterans, one Gold Star family member whose father was killed while serving in the US Armed Forces and a student from a local school recently spent time planting and maintaining coral reefs in the Florida Keys, where only 3% of living coral remains.

The event took place through a partnership between the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, which conducts scientific research and hosts educational programs aimed at conserving the marine environment; FORCE BLUE, which retrains and redeploys Special Operations veterans to work alongside scientists on marine conservation missions; I.CARE, which is dedicated to restoring the reefs of Islamorada; and the Mote Marine Laboratory.

During the dives, the team transplanted corals and conducted maintenance and monitoring activities on previously transplanted corals.

The two-day training and diving was designed to generate awareness and focus attention on the health of coral reefs.

John Liang
John Lianghttps://www.deeperblue.com/
John Liang is the News Editor at DeeperBlue.com. He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.

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