Earlier in the week we joined experts from NOAA's Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary, NOAA's Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, and Point Blue Conservation Science, while they were conducting research at sea as part of the Applied California Current Ecosystem Studies (ACCESS Oceans) partnership.
A beautiful day to film the first segment of our upcoming episode on the coral tissue disease that is impacting the Florida Reef Tract. Today we’re out with experts Ken Nedimyer, Jess Levy, Dan Burdeno and Andy Bruckner to dive and learn about the Coral Restoration Foundation boulder coral nursery.
We’re counting down the days until we make a splash into filming for season 11! Our first shoot of the season will take place next week at the Coral Restoration Foundation’s boulder coral gene bank. #Repost @coralrestorationfoundation with @get_repost
We're branching out! Coral Restoration Foundation™ is branching out and growing some non-branching corals in our genetic bank: Orbicella faveolata (mountainous star coral) and Orbicella annularis (boulder star coral)!
Both of these species used to be abundant on the Florida Reef Tract, but are now listed as threatened on the ESA and endangered on the IUCN Red List.
The picture above shows our newly incorporated boulder coral section of the gene bank. These corals are an important addition to our already established boulder coral production area which we will soon be using for outplanting; a first for CRF!
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The cleaner wrasse appears to have passed the mirror test—a standard test of self-recognition. If the finding holds, this humble fish will join a very exclusive club.Read more about this on our site.