The Coral Rescue Team is responsible for the development of a reef-tract wide coral collection and housing plan to ensure an appropriate number of individuals from affected species are held in captivity for future reintroduction to the wild. The Coral Rescue Team is also responsible for coordinating the stepwise implementation of this plan, including soliciting partners and collaborators for these efforts.
The Coral Monitoring Dashboard summarizes current Coral Rescue Team efforts. It includes a map of collection locations, the number of colonies rescued, and the distribution of housing facilities.
Association of Zoos & Aquariums - Florida Reef Tract Rescue Project
The Coral Rescue Team is working closely with the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) to house and maintain corals for gene banking and propagation for potential future restoration activities. As of September 27, 2019, 67 AZA member institutions from 21 states and Canada have joined the project as either Holders or Friends. Recruitment for this project is on going.
Primary Holders – Facilities that are currently holding or will be holding corals by December 2019.
Secondary Holders – Facilities requiring more time to develop the infrastructure and manpower required to hold corals. Additional facilities are being recruited.
Friends – Institutions that have agreed to provide support to the project but are not able to hold corals.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.