July 20, 2012
Georgia Aquarium Takes a New Investigative Approach Through Survey
Covering less than one percent of the ocean floor and supporting 25% of all marine life, coral reefs are one of nature’s most majestic and irreplaceable ecosystems. Yet a combination of external pressures are fostering the rapid demise of the world’s reefs, and innovative conservation methods are needed to restore coral reefs as vital support systems in the oceans.
Volunteer divers attach fragments of Acropora coral to nursery structures in the Florida Keys that will later be planted out on the reefs.
Georgia Aquarium, in partnership with the Alex C. Walker Foundation, is investigating new models to ensure the long-term survival of reefs using sustainable financing mechanisms. As part of this research, Georgia Aquarium is conducting a survey of snorkelers and SCUBA divers who have been diving in the Florida Keys between 2011-2012 to identify visitor perception of the conditions of the reefs and interest in supporting restoration efforts in new ways. Your help in completing this survey will ensure these reefs will remain intact and enjoyed for many generations to come.
Writen by: Christopher Whyte, Conservation Department at Georgia Aquarium