Saving the Exceptional Corals in Florida's Coral Reef Ecosystem Conservation Area
Florida's Coral Reef stretches approximately 360 linear miles from St. Lucie Inlet in Martin County past Key West to the Dry Tortugas, including Biscayne National Park, the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, and the Southeast Florida Coral Reef Ecosystem Conservation Area.
In March 2018, the Coral Ecosystem Conservation Area was established to protect and manage the offshore reef habitats within the area.
Since 2013, Nova Southeastern University's GIS and Spatial Ecology laboratory has been working to document the location of large corals throughout Florida's Coral Reef. These corals, most of which are listed as threatened on the endangered species list, are up to 300 years old and have been hit hard by stony coral tissue loss disease. The lab has been funded by state and federal partners to keep these ecologically important corals alive through the latest disease intervention techniques.
Appearing as solitary forms in the fossil record more than 400 million years ago, corals are extremely ancient animals that evolved into modern reef-building forms over the last 25 million years. Continue Reading →
coral reef conservation program
The NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) is a partnership between the NOAA Line Offices that work on coral reef issues: the National Ocean Service, the National Marine Fisheries Service, the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, and the National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service. The CRCP brings together expertise from across NOAA for a multidisciplinary approach to managing and understanding coral reef ecosystems.
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