MIAMI CORAL REEFS
The proposed project will take 10 times longer and require more than 600 days of blasting. Remember, there is no “undo” button, once we initiate the deep dredge project.
We have learned that global climate change is pushing oceanic ecosystems beyond their tipping point. Ocean acidification is killing corals and phytoplankton on a world-wide scale, while sea level rise is affecting mangroves and grass flats in our near shore areas.
Biscayne Bay is much smaller and more fragile than the world’s oceans. Under these new conditions, large-scale development projects the bay could once recover from would push it over the brink today. How much will it take to do that? by Dan Kipnis
Read this article from the Miami Herald:
How to grow a floating Forest
One of the most innovative, practical, and functional coral nurseries on the planet can be found just a few miles off the shores of Key Largo. The nursery consists of thousands of neatly organized colonies of the critically important staghorn coral (Acropora cervicornis) grown by the Coral Restoration Foundation (CRF) for the purpose of transplantation back to the reef. Staghorn corals have been decimated by disease and extreme weather here in Florida over the past 30 years, resulting in a seriously degraded reef ecosystem. Fortunately the CRF has developed methods that maximize the growth potential of these corals in their nursery, demonstrating that coral aquaculture is a realistic and effective way to restore beleaguered wild populations.