Sun-Sentinel Article - July 21, 2017
By Caitlin Randle
They were once in danger of dying off, but efforts to restore South Florida’s coral reefs are paying off. A Nova Southeastern University team for two years has been growing staghorn coral in nurseries and then planting it off the Lauderdale-by-the-Sea coastline. So far, they’ve planted more than 2,500 coral colonies, hoping the coral will spawn on its own and the colonies will expand. At one location, the number of surrounding coral already has quadrupled.
Rachel Silverstein, executive director of Miami Waterkeeper, comments saying about 98 percent of the staghorn population in South Florida and the Caribbean has died off since the ‘70s. She attributed that to disease, warming oceans and climate change.
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