(MIAMI, Florida) Sept. 12, 2016 – Mote Marine Laboratory and The Nature Conservancy partnered on a coral conservation initiative. One that will be enabling coral restoration at unprecedented scales. All throughout the Caribbean and the Florida Keys. Hence, the collaboration officially began Sept. 12, 2016; in Miami.
That’s with the therefore signing of a one-year memorandum of understanding (MOU). Yet as a result enabling the first steps in a proposed 15-year initiative. One of consequently joint coral reef restoration and conservation efforts.
As a result, the goals of the initiative are to restore more than one million corals all across the region’s reefs. Furthermore it will share science-based coral restoration and conservation practices. That’s more over among U.S. and international Caribbean partners. Thereby constructing necessary facilities such as coral gene banks. All which as a result preserve genetically diverse coral tissue.
Furthermore it helps researchers find strains resilient to environmental change. So the Sept. 12 MOU will therefore officially launch one year of planning and preparation. All which will as a result include growing 50,000 coral fragments.
Because coral reef systems help provide shoreline resiliency that protects coastal communities. They also create vibrant, healthy oceans. All more noteworthy for the people that depend on them.
Now ocean acidification is also increasing. I mean ocean temperatures as a result of climate change. Furthermore overfishing, unplanned coastal development and other associated stressors. So let’s go with waste water too.
All of these things have therefore damaged or decimated reefs around the world. That’s why the coral cover in Florida and the Caribbean has declined too. Above all by 50 to 80 percent in some areas in just the last three decades.
Pavlos Kollias is an atmospheric scientist in the Environmental and Climate Sciences Department at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory. He’s also professor at the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) at Stony Brook University (SBU). Pavlos I learned is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at McGill University.