YMKN Supports Coral Restoration Foundation

Posted by on Apr 16, 2017 in Conservation, YMKN Events, YMKN Volunteer Event

Members of Ye Mystic Krewe of the Nautilus traveled to Key Largo April 14th to participate in the inaugural Coral Restoration Day partnership event between the Coral Restoration Foundation and Rainbow Reef Dive Center.  The Coral Restoration Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to studying reefs and coral, developing and implementing methods for restoring the coral reefs, and providing education to the public about coral reef science.

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Mike Pastore, Carol Conn, Brian McGowan, Karen Garcia McGowan

Participants were first provided with an informative marine orientation lecture by Roxanne Boonstra covering the topics of coral species basics, importance & benefits of coral reefs, threats to reefs, and coral outplanting methodogies.  Instruction was received on how to clean the “coral trees” in the nursery and how to actually plant the coral.

CRF Trees

The coral nursery (photo from CRF)

 

From the classroom, we headed out Rainbow Reef’s Tropical Voyager to the coral nursery with Jack Fishman and Matz Indergaes.   What a fabulous site!!

CRF Cleaning

Cleaning the “coral trees” (photo from CRF)

 

 

 

 

 

 

CRF Planting

Staghorn outplantings

 

The next stop was Pickles 2 Reef to observe the health of staghorn coral that had been planted there by CRF.  Excitingly, the coral plantings looked quite healthy!

 

 

CRF and Rainbow Reef Dive Center offer the opportunity to participate in this wonderful educational and restoration activity every 2nd Friday of the month.  To learn more, please search the links provided through this post and read this article http://www.alertdiver.com/Restoration_Revolution.