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Coral Rescue Mission Success! – The rescuers down underwater worked tirelessly through the week to collect 410 healthy corals from Dry Tortugas National Park.
Scientists collected high priority species, and then measured and took a genetic sample from each coral. Finally, each coral was placed on a terracotta tile with a tag to keep a permanent record of that individual.
The collected corals are currently being transferred to the University of Miami - Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. There, they will be placed in land-based aquaria to prevent them from becoming infected, to preserve genetic diversity, and to serve as breeding stock for future restoration activities.
A team of scientists spent this week working with Dry Tortugas National Park to "rescue" 410 healthy corals in park waters ahead of Stony coral tissue loss disease. https://t.co/0xRWtjoics @MyFWC @nature_org @FLDEPNews @UMiamiRSMAS @NOAA
We’re open and grateful to be back! All facilities are open and cleaned. Thanks to our concession partners and the Florida National Parks Association for their assistance. Thanks also to our followers, local businesses and organizations for their support throughout the shutdown!