It is undeniable that our oceans and seas are under serious threat from climate change, unsustainable fishing practices, harmful pollutants, single-use plastics and general litter from boats, on beaches and a host of other problems. But it would be too easy to despair in the face of bad news or to focus on the Great Barrier Reef that commands attention while neglecting the small initiatives that do great work.
It is possible to enjoy the oceans responsibly and even contribute to their health by getting involved in conservation projects while discovering the globe. Whether you’re a diver, prefer to lend a hand in other ways, or just want to learn more about reef health and conservation, here are six interesting coral reef restoration projects for you to check out.
1. Coral Restoration Foundation, Key Largo, USA
The iconic landscape of the Florida Keys hides a stark reality: regional officials have already calculated how high its 310 miles of roads and bridges will need to be raised to stay dry, and which areas will be lost to rising sea levels. Wed.
But the staff of Coral Restoration Foundation are among the tireless local stewards of the keys who are dedicated to saving this part of the world, offering visitors hands-on training in transplanting live coral fragments onto their corals attached to the ocean floor at one of the coral nurseries offshore (one of which is the largest in the world) and in monitoring their evolution.
It’s a remarkable and moving experience, with sharks weaving their way through the corals as you work. But non-divers need not despair as there are plenty of volunteer opportunities available to locals for three weeks or more, from helping build the coral trees to raising awareness at the Foundation Exploration Center. with its lectures, slides and interactive exhibits on global reef conservation.