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Published on Feb 18, 2012
Divers can help keep Florida Keys reefs healthy through "voluntourism" vacations, doing things to protect the reef while vacationing for the greater good, up close and purposefully.
Ongoing coral restoration efforts with marine scientists from Key Largo's Coral Restoration Foundation enable recreational sport divers to learn about environmental impacts on Florida's reefs through education and hands-on dives to restore endangered staghorn and elkhorn corals. The two are among the reef-building species with the best chance to propagate and create new habitats.
Volunteers go on working dives to coral nurseries to clean and prepare corals for planting. An orientation dive at a restoration site shows firsthand the evolution of corals over time.