Making a Difference – Working to Save the Coral Reefs!

Making a Difference – Working to Save the Coral Reefs!

Ken Nedimyer and The Coral Restoration Foundation are working to restore coral reefs. Ken Nedimyer started an innovative nursery transplantation program in the Florida Keys. The whole program is based on volunteers.

Nursery

Molassas St Horn

Replanting the local reefs with nursery grown corals was started based on Ken’s own work with an offshore live rock farm as well as many conversations with state, federal, and private coral researchers. A series of projects started in 2008 to transplant colonies of staghorn corals to part of the Upper Keys as approved by The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. The results have been encouraging.

Currently, the Foundation is working on the development and enhancement of Elkhorn and Staghorn coral nurseries (Acropora palmata and A. cervicornis are both federally listed as Threatened Species)

Ken is a member of the Coral Advisory Panel for the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council. He has provided expertise in the development of the Fishery Management Plan for the Marine Life Fishery in the State of Florida and is the current President of the Florida Marine Life Association. Ken also is the co-chair of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council and represents the marine life fishery and other commercial fishing interests.


For More Information: http://www.coralrestoration.org

Nursery

Pickles Reef