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By Jenny Staletovich
The Miami Herald 

Florida reef rescuers race to keep pace with climate change

 


MIAMI (AP) — Ten years ago, when scientists in South Florida began a massive rescue effort to rebuild the nation's only inshore reef, replanting nursery-grown staghorn coral with a gardening technique perfected in the Pacific seemed like an easy solution.

"You can go to Home Depot to get everything you need," said University of Miami marine biologist Diego Lirman. "And you don't need to pay for this. People pay us to come out."

From Key West to Fort Lauderdale, volunteers and scientists planted thousands of staghorns in reef rescues. More than 90 percent of Lirman's corals survived — ab...



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