Call it Noah’s Ark for corals.
Coral reefs across the globe are under siege. Due to a number of “stressors,” coral reefs have been dying off in record numbers. For many years, marine biologists and researchers around the world, including right here at Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography have undertaken herculean efforts to save these vital members of the marine ecosystem. Unfortunately, it hasn’t been enough, so a radical idea was needed.
Hence the creation of this Noah’s Ark project.
The Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Coastal Office, along with the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coral Reef Conservation Program created a comprehensive coral reef rescue plan. The idea is to help slow the continued spread of disease and saving “priority corals,” which include collecting numerous healthy corals that haven’t yet been impacted and house them in on-shore coral nurseries.
Several media outlets visited NSU’s Ocean Campus as the rescued corals arrived to be housed in the onshore coral nurseries. You can find the stories below: