#1 Reason to Join a Reef Club!

by Melissa R. on September 1, 2011

Recently, the Florida Marine Aquarium Society (FMAS) joined with the non-profit Coral Restoration Foundation (CRF) to help replant corals in the Molasses Reef. With the aid of SCUBA gear, they spent the day cleaning and mounting staghorn coral (Acropora cervicornis) frags for grow out. The club members then “planted” frags in the Molasses Reef by Key Largo, Florida in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. If this isn’t the #1 reason to join a reef club, I don’t know what is!

The CRF was established by founder and President Ken Nedimyer. The CRF’s goal is to restore staghorn corals to the depleted reefs off Key Largo, FL. This species of corals has been deemed endangered by the National Marine Fisheries Service. Disease, cool weather, pressure from overfishing and human activity, loss of the long-spined sea urchin (Diadema antillarum), and various other events have contributed to the decline. The CRF team grows tiny staghorn frags in the ocean, and then “plants” them when they are large enough with the hopes of replenishing the reef.

View the Photo Library below. Images courtesy Marvin Ballard:

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Learn more about the Coral Restoration Foundation here,

and if you are a Florida resident, get in line to sign up for the Florida Marine Aquarium Society here!

A big THANK YOU goes out to the FMAS, and vice president Marvin Ballard for allowing us to use his photos and information.

Be sure to look around YOUR AREA for a Reef Club – there are tons of amazing opportunities when you are involved with one, not to mention getting to talk corals and fish with people just as passionate about them as you are.

About the author: Melissa is a devoted pet owner with several cats: Kai, Cirrhi & Ritter; and the newest addition, Emme a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. Melissa is an avid dog agility enthusiast, and hopes her new pup will someday be an agility champion! She is a Graphic Designer and Project Coordinator for the DrsFosterSmith.com and LiveAquaria.com websites. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Michigan State University and is a lifelong pet lover and owner. See more articles by Melissa R.

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JODI December 8, 2011 at 2:08 pm

is there an update on this at all Melissa?

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