2018 is The International Year of the Reef. #IYOR2018 What could possibly be a better way to celebrate than to save a coral reef! How, you ask, can I save a coral reef? I’m glad you asked! By joining in the 4th annual CORALPALOOZA. Sounds pretty kinky and it’s fun too, especially on #WorldOceansDay.
On June 8th and 9th, hundreds of divers and non-divers alike will be joining Coral Restoration Foundation (CRF) volunteers, interns, staff and brand-new coral warriors to restore coral reefs. CRF has great opportunities for everyone to join the mission, all year round. But on World Oceans Day, they take this to a whole new level. CORALPALOOZA is a festival of reef restoration in the Florida Keys and beyond.
Last year during CORALPLAOOZA, 262 divers took part throughout Florida and the Caribbean. They out-planted more than 600 coral colonies, with 20 dive operators involved and totaled 2,923 hours of reef restoration.
With this year being International Year of the Reef, CORALPALOOZA will be bigger than ever. There are already over 200 participants registered in the Florida Keys, in both Key Largo and Key West. Mote Marine and the University of Miami are coordinating their restoration work to be held on the same day.
The Spread of CoralPalooza! From the Florida Keys to the Caribbean
Since its inception in 2014, CORALPALOOZA has gone international. This year, groups from Bonaire, Mexico, the Dominican Republic and St Croix will be holding their own CORALPALOOZA events. Seems everyone wants in on a good thing. CORALPALOOZA is now also part of the international “March for the Ocean” (M4O) campaign, a movement that is mobilizing hundreds of thousands of people to take action to save life in the oceans. On June 9, make sure to tag you ocean activism activities and follow the campaign highlights using #MarchForOcean and #WearBlue
Coral Slime and Kayaking to a Mangrove Clean-up
In the Florida Keys, not all the action is below the surface. Topside events include the official grand opening of CRF’s recently renovated Exploration Center (5 Seagate Boulevard in Key Largo,FL). The EC offers lots of family friendly fun where a Selfie Station, “Build-a-Reef” and “Coral Slime” activities have been set up. The EC will also feature presentations by CRF, REEF, MarineLab, The Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center and more. On the water, a fleet of kayaks will be cleaning up marine debris deposited in the mangrove forests by Hurricane Irma.
For details and to register, visit coralrestoration.org/coralpalooz
What you need to know about CORALPALOOZA and CRF
Coral Restoration Foundation (CRF) is a non-profit marine conservation organization dedicated to restoring reefs to a healthy state, in Florida and globally. Through large-scale cultivation, outplanting and monitoring of genetically diverse corals, CRF works to support the reefs’ natural recovery processes. CRF engages and empowers others in the mission with dive programs, educational activities, scientific collaborations, and outreach. For more information on our #OceanAlly, check out coralrestoration.org.
By Laurie Wilson, Blue Ocean Network
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