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Restoring Coral Reefs

4y ago


These beautiful coral reefs are in serious trouble. They are being damaged or destroyed by pollution, disease, climate change, and a large number of ship groundings. Staghorn and elkhorn coral have become threatened species. These corals are the building blocks of reefs in the Caribbean and Florida Keys. To address these issues, NOAA and its partners started a coral restoration effort. Using innovative techniques, like underwater coral farming and reattaching broken coral pieces, these projects transplant and restore thousands of coral colonies on damaged reef sites. Credits: NOAA Restoration Center NOAA National Ocean Service The Nature Conservancy Coral Restoration Foundation Frazier Nivens Nasa/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio