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DEP Partners with FORCE BLUE to Combat Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease

Written by: Florida Department of Environmental Protection

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Noah Valenstein met with FORCE BLUE, a team of military veterans working to restore and rehabilitate the Florida Reef Tract, to discuss the organization’s ongoing partnership with the department, restoration and recovery efforts, and the status of the Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease currently impacting southeast Florida.

“For the last few years, our coral reefs have been significantly impacted by tissue loss disease,” DEP Secretary Noah Valenstein said. “The Florida Reef Tract is our first line of defense for the impacts from sea level rise, which makes its protection and restoration critical. We are thankful for our partnership with FORCE BLUE and their commitment to working alongside us to restore and protect Florida’s coral reefs. Healthy corals are essential to a healthy coastal ecosystem, healthy community and healthy economy.”

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