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Reef Damage

Anchor in Barrel Sponge
Anchor in barrel sponge

paint damage to coral from ship bottom

Paint from bottom of ship

Fractured coral injuries

Fractured great star coral

fractured coral injuries

Fractured corals can take 100 years to recover

Anchor injury on hard reef substrate

Anchor injury on hard reef substrate can result in coral death

Sheared barrel sponge resulting from anchor damage

Barrel sponge sheared by anchor

 

Reef Repair
Close-up of healthy elkhorn coral on restored reef

Close-up of healthy elkhorn coral on restored reef

DEP Diver performing coral health assessment surveys for reef restoration in Miami.

DEP diver performing coral health assessment surveys for reef restoration

DEP diver using transect tape for reef restoration area in Miami

DEP Diver using transect tape for reef restoration in Miami waters

Healthy coral reef showing an abundance of fish

Healthy coral reef with abundant fish

: Healthy elkhorn coral on restored coral reef

Healthy elkhorn coral on restored reef

DEP diver mapping out injury site area to assess damage. Sheared barrel sponge on left.

DEP diver maps out injury site area to assess damage. Sheared barrel sponge on left.

 

Download the Coral Reef Locator app to find mooring buoys and to avoid damage to reefs..

Learn about the Coral Reef Protection Act.

Learn about Florida's Coral Reef.

 

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Last Modified:
February 7, 2023 - 3:54pm

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