Rebuilding 'Decimated' Coral Reefs Goal of Propagation Program
Source: Tampa Bay Online
February 26, 2010
Mother Nature is not cooperating with a human effort to nudge damaged coral reefs in the Florida Keys back into robust colorful brilliance.
The program to propagate coral reefs that stretch from Key Largo to the Dry Tortugas has fallen to a group of scientists with The Florida Aquarium, the University of Florida, and the National Marine Sanctuary Program.
A recent diving trip in the Keys has revealed devastation to coral reefs in shallow water. The cause: the January cold snap that kept the Sunshine State shivering for 11 straight days. The snap left Keys coral shivering in 45 degree water; cold enough to kill them. Reefs in deeper water weathered the cold, scientists said.
The upshot is that the job of rebuilding reefs one tiny organism at a time becomes much more important.
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