Synchronized Coral Spawning Florida Keys Reefs

Divers interested in viewing the underwater phenomenon of coral spawning can join Florida Keys dive operators during select coral spawning charters — twilight trips to shallow reefs on or around the full moons in August and September to watch the reproductive action along the continental United States’ only living coral barrier reef. Scientifically observed and … Read more

June 4 Coralpalooza Combine Diving in Florida Keys and Land-Based Fun

In recognition of World Oceans Day promoting ocean preservation, Key Largo’s Coral Restoration Foundation is hosting its annual Coralpalooza Saturday, June 4, featuring in-person reef diving spanning from Key Largo to Key West. Coralpalooza is one of the world’s largest coral restoration efforts, and helps raise awareness about the importance of the preservation and conservation of the … Read more

Florida Coral Reef Webinar Series April 2022

In honor of Earth Month 2022, the Coral Reef Conservation Program invites you to participate in educational webinars about the wonders of our underwater national treasure: Florida’s Coral Reef. See the flyer for the 2022 Florida’s Coral Reef Webinar Series. 2022 Florida’s Coral Reef Webinar Schedule Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday April 5, 2022 Marine Invertebrate Identification (Part 1) Register April … Read more

Florida Keys Synchronized Coral Reef Spawning Creates New Life

Divers interested in viewing the underwater phenomenon of coral spawning can join Florida Keys dive operators during select Coral Reef Spawning charters — twilight trips to shallow reefs on or around the full moons in August and September to watch the reproductive action along the continental United States’ only living coral barrier reef. Scientifically observed … Read more

Reef-Wide Outplanting of Corals Begins in Florida Coral Reefs

FWC, DEP, and our coral reef restoration partners announce the recent successful outplanting of 1,152 coral colonies along the Florida Coral Reefs as part of the largest coordinated experimental outplanting effort in Florida to date.  Reef restoration experiments in Florida have never been replicated on such a large scale before, with 24 outplanting sites spanning from … Read more

Lower Florida Keys Underwater Music Festival Make Waves for Reef Protection

Divers and snorkelers can explore a portion of the continental United States’ only coral barrier reef while enjoying an Underwater Music Festival that promotes reef preservation Saturday, July 10, in the Lower Florida Keys. The 37th annual Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival, a melodic experience that spotlights environmentally responsible diving as well as reef protection, … Read more

Trivia Contest Win a Florida Keys Coral Reef Discovery Trip

If exploring the continental United States’ only living coral barrier reef is on travelers’ bucket lists this summer, the “Florida Keys Reef Explorer” undersea adventure giveaway offers an ideal chance to win a Coral Reef Discovery trip to discover the dynamic ecosystem. To salute Earth Day, the Keys challenge — designed to be fun and … Read more

Western Dry Rocks New Regulations Beginning 4-1-21

Effective April 1, 2021, regulation changes will go into effect at Western Dry Rocks that prohibit fishing from April 1 – July 31. These changes are aimed at providing benefits for multiple recreationally and commercially important species that aggregate to spawn at Western Dry Rocks, including permit, mutton snapper, gray snapper, and yellowtail snapper. The … Read more

FWC Protects Fish Spawning At Western Dry Rocks

At its February meeting, the FWC approved a proposal to protect multi-species fish spawning aggregations near an area known as Western Dry Rocks. “This decision is based on sound science conducted not only by FWC but also by partners at Bonefish & Tarpon Trust,” said FWC Chairman Rodney Barreto. “This science-based recommendation has been endorsed by … Read more

USGS Study on Elkhorn Coral Restoration in the Dry Tortugas

Nursery-grown elkhorn coral transplanted into Dry Tortugas National Park survived and thrived, growing twice as fast as corals planted in other locations in the Florida Keys, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study published in Endangered Species Research. USGS researchers are studying the growth and success of nursery-grown transplanted corals in the Florida Keys; research … Read more

NOAA Expands Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary

NOAA is expanding Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary from approximately 56 square miles to approximately 160 square miles to protect additional important Gulf of Mexico habitat. The move builds upon the sanctuary’s rich 30-year history of scientific studies and public review of the preservation of this special place. The expansion adds 14 additional reefs and banks … Read more

Seaweed-Munching Caribbean King Crab Could Help Save Coral Reefs

Caribbean King crab could help save threatened coral reefs by keeping excessive seaweed growth under control, a promising new study claims. Experiments on the Florida Keys showed the Caribbean king crab is better than other species at removing overgrown seaweeds that threaten the reefs, by eating it. When introduced to experimental plots on coral reefs, the greedy … Read more

Coral Spawn Late Summer Circle of Life Florida Keys Reefs

The hard corals of the Florida Keys reefs have spent eons developing a simple system to perpetuate the species. Coral Spawn, it’s one of nature’s mysteries that works without human intervention or complete understanding. The coral spawn is scientifically observed and documented each year along the continental United States’ only living coral barrier reef, which … Read more

Ballast Water Could Be Driving Spread Of Coral Disease

Ballast Water

Scientists investigating a devastating new coral disease infecting reefs from Florida to and throughout the Caribbean may be zeroing in on a culprit behind the unpredictable spread: ballast water from big ships. Investigators are now poring over shipping records housed at the Smithsonian to confirm the connection and better contain it. “This thing has now … Read more

Win a Florida Keys Superfan Coral Reef Restoration Eco-Adventure

Florida Keys Superfan

For travelers seeking “voluntourism” opportunities to help sustain the continental United States’ only living coral barrier reef, the “Florida Keys Superfan” eco-adventure giveaway offers an enticing prize. One entrant is to win a five-night vacation that includes accommodations, eco-attractions and diving experiences to plant corals. The winner is to discover how divers can serve as … Read more

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