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Prior to the National Association Of Black Scuba Diver (NABS) summit in the fall of 2012 , in key Largo, Florida, the NABS Foundation Forwarded an announcement soliciting diver to participate in two day seminar sponsored by the Coral Restoration Foundation (CRF) . At the time I was not fully aware of what the program involved, but after reading more on the program I thought it sounded interesting and decided to sign up. After the conclusion of the two day session I wanted to do more , and became convinced that many others would want to help as well.
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Who is the Coral Restoration Foundation
In 2004 , Kenneth Nedimyer founded the CRF. Ken was a private citizen who worked the ocean for a living. Over the year he watched the swift decline of the Elkhorn and Stag horn coral population around the Florida Keys and recognized the serious problem that it has became. Though experimentation, and a 4H project that he helped his daughter to conduct, Ken learned that he could successfully regrown Elkhorn, and Stag horn coral. From those efforts the non-profit Coral Restoration Foundation (CRF) was created.
The Coral Restoration Foundation’s education program blends classroom instruction with field-based work in the offshore coral nursery and restoration sites on local reefs. These land- and field- based programs provide opportunities and encourage hands-on learning experiences through a One Day Nursery Program and a Two to Tree Day Restoration Program. As part of each program, CRF gives PowerPoint lectures, hands-on demonstrations, and video presentations that provide a background and context for students and adult volunteers. CRF staff also regularly give presentations to local and regional groups including dive clubs, civic groups, marine-aquarium clubs, school groups, and marine-resource managers.
What to Expect
Learn the environmental effects that currently threaten the worlds coral reefs
Learn the techniques for establishing and maintaining a coral nursery
Learn the techniques for harvesting and replanting Elkhorn and Staghorn coral
A sense of accomplishment when helping to replenish endangered coral reefs