Friday, June 21, 2024

Sea Of Change Supports The Innovation of Reef Health Tools

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The Sea of Change Foundation has announced funding for a new project to develop eDNA Reef Health Tools.

The project is the work of the University of South Florida’s Department of Integrative Biology and aims to develop a reef health assessment tool using environmental DNA (eDNA). The project aims to work on both restored and degraded coral reefs.

The research is the work of Matt Gamache, a Ph.D. candidate at the USF-Parkinson Lab of Coral Symbiosis Research, who commented on the work so far:

“Our research results, so far, are encouraging as they support our ability to set quantifiable baselines for healthy and degraded reefs from which restored reef health can be assessed.”

While Sea of Change Foundation Executive Director Samantha Whitcraft stated:

“Indeed, tools that can help determine optimal coral populations and locations for restoration success will be vital for successful, large-scale coral conservation in the coming decades, so this work is very encouraging.”

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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