Marine Biologists at the University of Miami know how important it is to use sustainable products. That is why Turtl Project and UMiami's Rescue a Reef joined forces to help replant coral in the Miami Biscayne Bay using the latest in sustainable wetsuit technology.
Florida has lost 90% of its coral in the past 30 - 40 years. But Rescue a reef is here to help. This Miami University lab transplants coral fragments from healthy coral farms to afflicted coral reefs in order to promote repopulation. The foundation's team of experts and volunteers have planted over 3,000 corals and counting! The program has shown significant success, with the transplanted corals showing a survival rate of over 80%.
The Miami Biscayne Bay is a renowned tourist destination, for its clear waters, diverse marine life and world class locations for water sport enthusiasts. From diving, to parasailing Miami has it all. Unfortunately, pollution levels in the bay have surged over the years, posing a threat to its ecosystem.
The bay's pollution history dates back to the 1900s when the region was industrializing rapidly, leading to a significant decline in water quality. Restoration projects by the government and environmental organizations have been initiated, but pollution levels in the bay continue to be a major problem.
In 2014 the large dredging project that created the Port of Miami caused a coral disease outbreak with a 90% mortality rate extending from the port of Miami all the way down to South America.
However, there is hope! Marine Biologists at the University of Miami Rescue a Reef program identified coral growing once again in the Miami harbor. This Coral has naturally mutated to withstand the new harsh environment and researchers are now trying to replicate these traits to a multitude of other diverse corals.
Apart from its coral restoration program, the foundation also conducts research on the bay's marine ecosystem and educates the public about the importance of preserving the environment. The foundation has partnered with various organizations and schools to create awareness about the impact of pollution on the bay's ecosystem and the importance of conservation. You can learn more, donate or take part yourself in a coral planting immersion at https://rescueareef.earth.miami.edu/.
How can you help?
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You can help the Rescue a Reef Foundation by donating directly to their website or supporting sustainable innovations and businesses, or take part yourself in a coral planting immersion at https://rescueareef.earth.miami.edu/.
If you have a house connected to a a septic tank there are plans that offer financial assistance to add it to the sewage plan. Learn more on the Florida Department of Environmental Protection website.
With your support, we can ensure future generations can enjoy the beauty and wonder of the Miami Biscayne Bay. Let's make a difference together!