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Adopt a coral this holiday season and help restore our coral reefs

By Shane Graber - Posted Dec 13, 2011 10:00 AM
Adopt A Coral™ is a program implemented by the Coral Restoration Foundation that allows individuals to financially support the CRF by adopting Elkhorn and Staghorn fragments in their offshore coral nursery. Each fragment is used to repopulate Florida's reefs.
Adopt a coral this holiday season and help restore our coral reefs

Cutting a coral fragment from broodstock.

Staghorn (Acropora cervicornis) and Elkhorn (Acropora palmata) are the two threatened species that the CRF primarily work with at their nurseries. Divers asexually propagate the corals from broodstock, allow them to grow out for a year in an off-shore nursery, and then transplant them onto selected reefs.  Throughout the years the CRF has restored thousands of Staghorn and Elkhorn to Florida's reefs.

A personalized Staghorn fragment.
A personalized Staghorn fragment.

They currently offer two ways that you can adopt a coral:

  • Month-by-month for $50/month
  • Yearly for $100

It's a bit pricey, but it's a good way to show support for their program and for coral reef restoration in general.

In addition, each adopter will receive:

  • Personalized certificate of adoption
  • Personalized coral tag for use in the nursery (photo at right)
  • On-line access to adoption status
  • Full color on-line photo updates of adopted coral for a year
  • Sharable links for friends and family

Adoptions make great gifts for holidays (Christmas is right around the corner!), birthdays, graduations or other special events.

To adopt your own personal Staghorn or Elkhorn this holiday season, head over to the Coral Restoration Foundation's Adopt a Coral™ website and begin shopping.

Interestingly enough, EcoTech Marine is also sponsoring this worthwhile project as can be seen in the below video:

(via Adopt A Coral™)

Author: Shane Graber
Location: Indiana

Shane has kept saltwater tanks for the last 12 years, is a research scientist, lives in northern Indiana, and is a proud Advanced Aquarist staffer.


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