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Rescue a Reef

Main Project Information
Presented By University of Miami
Goal Support coral reef conservation through education and engagment.
Task Assist in coral reef research and restoration in Miami, FL
Where Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States of America
Rescue a Reef

Rescue a Reef is the University of Miami's (UM) citizen science project designed to support coral reef research and restoration activities to recover depleted coral populations of South Florida.

Our Rescue a Reef coral restoration expeditions offer you the hands-on opportunity to work alongside UM coral reef experts as a citizen scientist! Join our UM team for a day of open-water coral research on the beautiful reefs of South Florida.

Citizen scientists are trained by our staff to assist in underwater coral nursery maintenance, data collection, and outplanting techniques. Partner with our program to learn all about coral conservation while contributing to the restoration of endangered staghorn corals. This is your chance to dive into coral restoration at the University of Miami!

Our mission is to repopulate depleted reefs using nursery-grown corals, educate and engage the local community, increase scientific literacy in coral reef conservation and climate change impacts and mitigation, and foster ocean stewardship.

Project Timing We typically aim for an expedition every other weekend, but the scheduling can vary quite a bit depending on staff, boat, and participant availability. Our expeditions are half-day, two-site excursions leaving from Diver’s Paradise on Key Biscayne, FL (underwater coral nursery + restoration site). Please feel free to contact us if you have additional questions- we look forward to seeing you on a Rescue a Reef Expedition!
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Expenses $75
Special Skills Open Water SCUBA Certification, or strong snorkeling skills
Ideal Age Group College, Graduate students, Adults, Families, Seniors
Ideal Frequency Per month
Average Time Several hours
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity In oceans, streams, rivers, lakes
Training Materials
Media Mentions
and Publications
Tags citizen-based monitoring, citizen engaged research, citizen science, citizen science monitoring, citizen science project, coral conservation, coral reef, coral reefs, coral regeneration, coral restoration, diving, habitat monitoring, marine conservation, marine environment, marine protected area, marine & terrestrial, ocean, ocean conservation, ocean health, ocean science, snorkeling, water
Project Updated 04/03/2018