Sabot Foundation is planning a 2-3 day Veteran Bio Restoration Dive in March 2021 with Coral Restoration Foundation™ in Key Largo, FL
Coral reefs provide coastal protection for communities, habitat for fish, and millions of dollars in recreation and tourism, among other benefits. But corals are also severely threatened by rapidly worsening environmental conditions.
Biological restoration usually involves increasing the amount of living corals on the reef in areas were structure is already available. This is generally achieved through methods such as collecting and rehabilitating naturally broken coral fragments, propagating coral colonies, culturing coral larvae, or transplanting living coral colonies. The general goal of biological restoration is to regrow corals in areas where populations have been diminished or lost. This is most generally required in areas which have been impacted by bleaching, disease, predation (COTs and Drupella snails), algae overgrowth, sedimentation, etc. Following these types of mass mortality events, small coral colonies can be used to ‘seed’ the reef that will eventually grow large enough to become reproductive and return the balance on the reef. Biological restoration may also include integrating fish, or other nurseries and aggregation devices to restore reef balance and return vital symbiosis necessary for reef health.
Learning about Biological Restoration is a great way to engage veterans in proactive programs, providing them with an important mission they can embark upon with their peers.
Biological restoration usually involves increasing the amount of living corals on the reef in areas were structure is already available. This is generally achieved through methods such as The Dive Programs are restoration adventures that offer participants an up-close experience with scientific fieldwork and coral reef restoration.
All Restoration Adventure options begin with a half day educational session where participants/students will learn about coral reef ecology, degradation and restoration efforts as well as join in mock hands-on practice of restoration methodology. They will then put that practice to work by joining in restoration-themed dives that will focus on coral nursery maintenance, coral monitoring our even coral outplanting! (All restoration activities are weather dependent.)