Rapid Reef Restoration A CMR-CI Field Project

Coral reefs are declining at an alarming rate of 10% per decade. Our Clemson University creative inquiry team is trying to help restore the reefs of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. We are raising money to train our team members to conduct reef community surveys and to transplant coral fragments from local nurseries. Our goal is to help restore corals to the Florida Keys for future generations to enjoy.

Coral fragments from the FKNMS coral nursery are transplanted to local reefs by divers.

Each fragment is photographed four times a year to monitor growth and competition with other organisms.

Research divers measure substrate composition, coral bleaching, and fish abundance as well as water quality measures such as temperature, pH and salinity.

Divers also count and observe the feeding behaviors and territoriality of reef herbivores such as parrotfishes and damselfishes.

The CMR Team has been raising money to help offset the cost of this summer's coral restoration effort.

To date the CMR Team has raised over $2,500 in small grants and from the donations of friends and family.

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The CMR Team is currently in residence at the Keys Marine Laboratory preparing the coral transplants and surveying the reefs where the corals will be placed.

For some CMR Team members, this is their first time diving on a coral reef.

They will photograph the reef substrate for further analysis when they return to campus.

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Photos by Michael Childress

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