Gulf of Mexico
Staghorn coral

FL - Scientists learning from death of staghorn outplants

Nursery-bred staghorn corals off the Upper Keys have about a 10% chance of surviving past seven years, according to a newly published scientific paper.

Outplanting nursery-raised coral is one of the more recent strategies for preserving coral reef ecosystems, according to biologists.

The study’s findings may prompt further discussion on what’s needed for more viable coral restoration efforts in the future, according to Matthew Ware, Ph.D., lead author of “Survivorship and growth in staghorn coral outplanting projects in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.”

Over the last 40 years, healthy coral cover in the Florida Keys reefs has declined more than 90%.

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