Coral Rescue
Scientists from FWRI are part of a multi-agency team including National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), NOAA Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and Florida Department of Environmental Protection, in an effort to rescue corals in South Florida.
Coral researchers are working to stay ahead of a disease event that is causing massive mortality of Florida’s coral reefs as far west as Looe Key. The stony coral tissue loss disease began in 2014 and has moved throughout the entire Florida Reef Tract, from Martin County to the Florida Keys.

Researchers will be collecting corals near Key West and temporarily storing them at the Keys Marine Laboratory before taking them to aquariums and research facilities around the country for preservation and research until the disease passes.
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