Staghorn coral (Acropora cervicornis) has seen a 98% decline in growth over the last 30 years. I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a HUGE decline. Impending extiction type decline. Elkhorn coral (Acropora palmata) is down 90% in the last 30 years. How is this happening?
So… now what?
The Coral Restoration Foundation (CRF) is a nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to creating offshore nurseries and restoration programs for threatened coral species. CRF is leading the development of new nursery and restoration techniques. Tens of thousands of corals are grown and maintained in multiple offshore nurseries. After a year in the nursery, corals are outplanted to a degraded reef. With the help of students, volunteers, scientists, dive operators, public aquariums, and community groups, thousands of corals grown in CRF’s nurseries have already been outplanted on coral reefs.
If you’re heading out for a vacation, take a moment and find a way to give back.
It’s time to take responsibility for our actions.
Step it up.
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