Recreational Coral Restoration

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Divers can work side-by-side with marine scientists to aid in coral reef restoration during recreational coral restoration dives in the Florida Keys. Participants go on working dives that consist of a trip to the coral nursery to clean and prepare corals for planting, and an orientation dive at one of the restoration sites. Class sessions precede dive trips and focus on coral health, corals’ function in marine ecosystems, identification of natural and manmade threats to coral and means to protect the resource in the Florida Keys. Program participants receive hands-on experience in coral restoration and propagation, and learn directly about the impacts on Florida’s reefs and how individual citizens can help.