Restoring Florida's Iconic Coral Reefs

Mission: Iconic Reefs is an effort to protect and restore seven key reef sites in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

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Close-up photo of a dark gray humpback whale coming up out of the water, or breaching, and releasing water from its blowhole as a cloud of mist. Humpback whale photographed on a NOAA Fisheries marine mammal and ecosystem survey under permit. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Paula Olson
Corals in clear pristine waters. Shallow water provides habitat for branching corals (Acropora spp), as seen here on a reef flat in Guam. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Jonathan Brown
Scientists with flash lights overseeing experimental coral spawning  in lab tanks under red light. University of Hawaii’s Coral Research Lab staff watching the experimental corals in lab tanks spawning under red lights. Credit: University of Hawaii.
Coral reef in Tres Palmas, Puerto Rico (Photo: NOAA) Coral reef in Tres Palmas, Puerto Rico (Photo: NOAA)
Four people bundled up against the cold are carrying a new door across the terrain. The door is vertical and the people are carrying it using wooden rods propped on their shoulders. Rocky hills and fog are in the background. Carrying the replacement door for the outdoor shelter. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Jefferson Hinke