For the second year in a row, scientists at The Florida Aquarium in Apollo Beach have successfully spawned threatened Atlantic pillar coral (Dendrogyra cylindrus) though lab-induced techniques. The scientific marvel occurred this week in a research laboratory as a part of a scientific spawning project called Project Coral. The corals spawned at nearly exactly the same time […]
For the first time, massive corals restored to Florida’s Coral Reef are ready to become parents in the wild—a breakthrough in Mote Marine Laboratory’s scientific efforts to restore critically imperiled coral reefs, the “rainforests of the sea,” to self-sustaining life. This month, Mote’s coral reproduction scientist, Dr. Hanna Koch, identified gametes (eggs and sperm) inside […]
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) participated in the 2020 International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades (ICAST) virtual trade show. Recognizing the importance of environmental stewardship and awareness of Florida’s natural resources when fishing and recreating, DEP readily adapted its exhibition to a virtual interface. In addition to a virtual booth on statewide efforts to conserve and restore Florida’s Coral Reef, […]
Earlier this month, National Football League (NFL) Green, announced it will continue serving as a community partner in 100 Yards of Hope — a coral reef restoration mission, begun in 2019, that will extend through the 2020-21 NFL season and Super Bowl LV in Tampa.
The National Park Service is working with a network of agencies to protect and restore marine ecosystems in South Florida. Coral research is underway in Biscayne and Dry Tortugas National Parks, both of which were established in part to preserve Florida’s Coral Reef. Combined, these national parks protect over 150,00 acres of potential coral habitat. […]