Sunday, August 5, 2012
TRUE Dive Team Monitors Acropora Coral Spawning!
On Saturday, August 4, 2012, the Teen Research Underwater Explorers left Tampa Bay, Florida to head to Key Largo for a coral spawning reserach expedition. In collaboration with NOAA Southeast Fisheries Science Center, TRUE is monitoring Staghorn Coral, Acropora cervicornis, at Molasses Reef in Key Largo. The corals were farm raised and transplanted to Molasses Reef by the Coral Restoration Foundation, Key Largo, Florida. Three years ago, the TRUE Dive Team monitored farm raised corals spawn on Molasses Reef. That was the FIRST time farm raised corals were observed spawning in the wild!!! We are excited for another exciting expedition!
Libby Carnahan, TRUE Vice President
Posted by Teen Research Underwater Explorers at 11:19 AM