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    Mote Releases Captive Corals to Replenish Wild Reefs

    Last Wednesday, Scientists from the Mote Marine Laboratory released captive grown corals into the wild, in an effort to restore and restock damaged coral reefs. In total, 138 corals that were grown out and propagated in land based raceway systems were replanted on Florida reefs nearby Coopers Island and at another site near Looe Key. […]

    Mote marine transplate corals

    Last Wednesday, Scientists from the Mote Marine Laboratory released captive grown corals into the wild, in an effort to restore and restock damaged coral reefs. In total, 138 corals that were grown out and propagated in land based raceway systems were replanted on Florida reefs nearby Coopers Island and at another site near Looe Key.

    Specifically, Montastrea cavernosa, Montastrea annularis, Stephanocoenia intersepta, and Siderastrea siderea were replanted.

    “Now is an especially good time to do this study because of the cold snap in January,”  said Dr. Kevan Main, director of Mote’s Center for Aquaculture Research and Development. “During that cold event, many of the fragmented corals growing at the inshore release site were lost. This gives us an opportunity to see whether we can jump start the recovery of corals at this site with cultured fragments.”

    The corals will be cleaned every two weeks and monitored for growth on a quarterly basis. Already this spring there are plans for a second reseeding.

    Here at Glassbox we’d like to give thanks to all those in Florida that have purchased a “Protect Our Reefs” specialty license plate. Revenue from those sales allowed this project and future studies.

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    One Comment

    1. Nicksadaka
      October 20, 2010 at 1:47 PM | Permalink

      That’s fantastic news…congratulations to the people at Mote as I’m sure a lot of really hard work went into that and will continue. Good job guys…we appreciate you!

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