Vitality of reef coral populations off Key Largo, Florida
Many customers ask questions about the health of the coral reefs of the Florida Keys.
Sad to have to say but, humans need to wake up and start caring more in the cities North of the Florida Keys if we want our corals to be here for future generations!
Due to the unhealthy pollution going into the Ocean off the coast just North of the Florida Keys in the Miami area, North Key Largo reefs are suffering slowly.
Estimates of net recruitment and mortality of reef corals on Carysfort Reef, Key Largo, Florida, suggest that these populations declined over the 14 month interval studied. The greatest rate of change on Carysfort Reef, the most well developed reef in the northern Keys, occurred in the zone of richest coverage by corals. Water pollution associated with the tremendous increase in the human population of South Florida in the last twenty years may be contributing to the reef’s decline.
Efforts to re-build Florida Keys Coral Reef
Two of the region’s most important corals, staghorn and elkhorn, were in drastic decline. The corals — tiny, stationary marine animals that make up the reefs — were dying because of many reasons, including climate change, pollution and overfishing, experts said.