Tuesday, April 23, 2024

NOAA and FWC Guide Coral Restoration Efforts

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are guiding reef coral return efforts after this summer’s heatwave.

The work is part of the Mission: Iconic Reefs, which outplanted thousands of corals from shallow in-water nurseries to land-based facilities to protect them from the scorching marine heat this last summer.

The program is aimed not only at maintaining the health of reefs in the waters of Florida but also at maintaining the genetic diversity of the coral populations in the area. This should help ensure the long-term survival of the corals.

The FWC and NOAA have created a set of protocols intended to ensure the successful replanting of the corals in the nurseries. These include, amongst others, health check procedures, monitoring requirements and water temperature markers.

Sam Helmy
Sam Helmyhttps://www.deeperblue.com
Sam Helmy is a TDI/SDI Instructor Trainer, and PADI Staff and Trimix Instructor. Diving for 28 years, a dive pro for 14, I have traveled extensively chasing my passion for diving. I am passionate about everything diving, with a keen interest in exploration, Sharks and big stuff, Photography and Decompression theory. Diving is definitely the one and only passion that has stayed with me my whole life! Sam is a Staff Writer for DeeperBlue.com

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