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Threatened Coral Get Second Chance in South Florida

Coral reefs are impacted worldwide by a host of natural and human-induced factors. Natural and man-made climatic variations, including those from El Niño, heat, stress, and hurricane forces cause substantial damage to coral reefs.

Staghorn coral planted by Nova Sotheastern University in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea a year ago.

Staghorn coral planted by Nova Sotheastern University in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea a year ago.

NSU has been researching coral reefs as way to not only understand these unique animals, but to also help provide information for better protection and conservation of our reefs. NSU scientists have been growing staghorn coral in nurseries for two years and then planting it off the Lauderdale-by-the-Sea coastline. They have planted more than 2,500 coral colonies, hoping the coral will spawn on its own and the colonies will expand. So far, the efforts to restore South Florida’s coral reefs are paying off.

 

 

 

NSU diver prepares to attach staghorn coral fragment to the reef.

NSU diver prepares to attach staghorn coral fragment to the reef.

NSU's Liza Larson surveys a nursery block in NSU's nursery offshore of Dan.

NSU’s Liza Larson surveys a nursery block in NSU’s nursery offshore of Dan.

 

 

CLICK HERE to read the full article by the Sun Sentinel.