Mission: Iconic Reefs - An Ambitious Plan to Restore 7 Sites in the Florida Keys

May 19, 2022

Marlies Tumolo, Education & Outreach Team Lead, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

The coral reefs of the Florida Keys were some of the world's most iconic reefs. Over the last 40 years reefs worldwide have suffered dramatic declines. Nearly 90 percent of the live corals that once dominated our reefs have been lost. Emergency action is required to ensure the health of coral reefs in the Keys for future generations. NOAA and partners have developed an ambitious approach to restore corals at seven sites in the Florida Keys. Join staff from Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary to learn about Mission: Iconic Reefs, a 20-year restoration plan to save Florida's coral reefs.

This presentation is part of the Third Thursday By the Bay Presentation Series at Mokupāpapa Discovery Center, which is the visitor center for Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in Hilo, Hawaiʻi. This State of the Monument lecture series is also supported by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation through a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.