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

February 3, 2021

Sarah Fangman, Sanctuary Superintendent, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

Over the last 40 years, coral reefs in the Florida Keys, like reefs worldwide, have suffered dramatic declines. Nearly 90 percent of the live corals that once dominated the reefs have been lost. Emergency action is required to change the trajectory of the health of coral reefs in the Keys. NOAA and partners have developed an ambitious approach to restore corals at seven ecologically significant sites in the Florida Keys. Sarah Fangman, Sanctuary Superintendent of Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, will describe the Mission: Iconic Reefs initiatives and talk about the exciting advancements in restoration science and practice that support the mission.

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Reef Monitoring Lesson

Coral Restoration VR Lesson

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