December 2018, 90 corals were transferred from Keys Marine Lab (KML) in Marathon, FL to their new home at Florida Aquarium’s Center for Conservation (FLAQ) in Apollo Beach–in response to the stony coral tissue loss disease event currently affecting Florida's Coral Reef. This transfer frees up space at KML to allow for upcoming rescue collections.
Juvenile colonies of boulder brain corals, Colpophyllia natans, await outplanting in Miami, Florida. This effort represents the first outplanting of second generation rescue colonies, corals that spawned while in human care at the Florida Aquarium’s Center for Conservation from adult colonies rescued ahead of the stony coral tissue loss disease boundary in the Lower Keys, back to reefs along the Florida Reef Tract.
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