Largo, Florida –the color of the coral that once covered the extension of the underwater coral reefs in Florida and beyond. But now, they are death and researchers have put their abandoned in the underwater city.
“Living in the coral reefs what are coral reefs, beautiful color. There are many different blue and yellow and green…the keys specifically, our coral reefs have decreased in coral cover in the early 1970s, 1980s and coral cover for about 25%. Now it is as low as 2%, in several locations,”Jessica of taxation, project Manager at Coral Restoration Foundation.
“We are working with partners with many other groups, such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Sanctuary Program, Florida Keys National Sanctuary, The Nature Conservancy, Mote Marine Laboratory, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and many partners to work together for this mission. Mission iconic coral reef is an extremely collaborative, comprehensive approach to coral reef recovery in Florida. The scale of it is unprecedented, and the project itself is a for us,”Levy said.
Levy noted that this 100 million dollar project will take about twenty years to complete.
“Recovery is a very simple process,”she continued. “We grow the critically endangered coral and sea nursery, we made these coral to a certain size and a certain age, then at this point, their range is from kindergarten to a nearby reef sites. Therefore, we basically come back to these corals back to their natural habitat.”
The researchers the key to that is the health of the coral reef to do some things, such as the protection of the area by storm, creating a thriving tourism industry, and cultivate marine life.
“Coral-like trees. Trees provide habitat for butterflies and birds and mammals living in the community, and the Coral do the same thing,”Andy Bruckner, research coordinator at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
According to Secore International coral protection team, with more than half of the world’s coral reefs died in the past 30 years due to coral bleaching, a process where coral polyps expel the algae living in their tissues, therefore, the bleaching of this lifeless white.
If none of these corals is a very complex coral reef system basically becomes a flat of society, cannot support any other creature,”Bruckner added.
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Recovery groups blamed several factors for the damage to the health of coral reefs, including pollution, rising ocean temperatures and hurricane damage.
“I think one of the things that we struggle is that you can’t see it daily. You can not grasp the magnitude, but it is still a national treasure for us, and we should value it because of this,”Levy said. “This project, in particular, is going to take more people and potential, as I like to call it, actually achieve these numbers and scale, we have to start work.”
The organization hopes it will become a model for restoration efforts across the United States about 95,000 miles of coastline. “We want to involve the society, really, let’s help is basically the garden of coral, so that it can continue to grow and survive,”Bruckner said.
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