Corals Ready for Return to Ocean after 3 Months in Nursery

After housing more than 5,000 rescued corals for three months due to unprecedented water temperatures that caused a massive coral bleaching event off the coast of Florida, the Florida Institute of Oceanography’s Keys Marine Laboratory is ready to return the corals to the ocean. FIO is hosted by USF.

“The corals housed at KML came from nurseries where they were growing out in the ocean. Unfortunately, many of the corals that could not be relocated to land-based facilities and remained in the ocean died from the hot waters,” said KML’s director, Cynthia Lewis. Ultimately, the corals will be reattached to grow on natural reefs using epoxy, cement, zip ties, and nails.

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