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Coral Reef Conservation Program

Reef Resilience Focus Area

Coral reefs in Southeast Florida are facing a variety of local and global stressors, including (but not limited to), poor water quality, pollution, coastal development, climate change, and incompatible fishing and diving practices. Resilience is defined as the ability of a system to maintain key functions in the face of such stressors or pressures by either withstanding an impact or recovering from one when it happens (Holling, 1973 and Nystrom & Folke, 2001). Coral reef resilience is ultimately about coral reef health.

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