Coral Restoration Foundation™ is the world’s largest non-profit marine-conservation organization dedicated to restoring coral reefs in Florida and globally. Coral Restoration Foundation™ was founded in response to the dramatic decline of coral cover on the Florida Reef Tract. The Florida Reef Tract is the third largest barrier reef in the world and was once dominated by two coral species, staghorn (Acropora cervicornis) and elkhorn (Acropora palmata). But, over the last 40 years, populations of these species along the reef tract have declined by up to 97%.
Using world-leading, cutting-edge, science-based techniques, Coral Restoration Foundation™ is growing and outplanting massive quantities of these species back onto the Florida Reef Tract, to help support the reefs’ natural recovery processes. The organization also has a robust education program that engages and empowers people in the mission to save our planet’s coral reefs from extinction.
Many of the 74,000 corals planted by Coral Restoration Foundation™ are now thriving in the wild, able to spawn, which is evidence that these techniques are working, and that there is hope for the future of coral reefs. But they can’t do it alone!
There are many ways to get involved in the mission to save coral reefs from extinction. Coral Restoration Foundation™ spreads their knowledge through dive programs, scientific collaborations and outreach.
Visit coralrestoration.org to learn more.