Ocean Groups Launch Joint Coral Restoration Program

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A report from FLKeys News.

Florida Keys research facilities and underwater reefs play a key role in a new coral conservation initiative launched by Mote Marine Laboratory and The Nature Conservancy.

The two conservation organizations plan to “preserve genetically diverse coral tissue and help researchers find strains resilient to environmental change” as part of a program to increase coral transplanting in the Keys and throughout the Caribbean.

Working together, the two “independent marine research and conservation organizations will launch an innovative, international coral reef restoration initiative, giving Caribbean and Florida coral reefs a better chance to survive and deliver ecological and economic benefits to future generations,” the groups said in a statement.

A Monday event in Miami saw the signing of an agreement expected to last decades.

Early phases of the program seek to “grow approximately 50,000 fragments of various coral species at Mote’s facilities in the Florida Keys…

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