Florida Keys Coral Reef Restoration
Florida is home to the third-largest coral reef tract in the world. Natural and man-made stressors have damaged the Florida reef tract. To help restore these reef communities, Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) scientists are collaborating with numerous partners on a regional coral restoration effort.

The project entails collecting donor staghorn coral fragments, growing them in nurseries and then planting them at restoration sites. Staghorn coral is a key reef-building species and its population in Florida has declined so much that it is now listed as a threatened species. Our reseeding efforts will help restore natural staghorn communities and are a major first step in the potential restoration of Florida's coral reefs. Project partners include the Coral Restoration Foundation, Mote Marine Laboratory, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, The Nature Conservancy, NOVA Southeastern University, Penn State University and the University of Miami.
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