July 27, 2012

Imagine coral “planted” in rows on the bottom of the seafloor in the same way that tulips are planted in a garden. Think of a coral nursery where coral could be grown and harvested so that it could be transplanted to help rebuild surrounding coral reefs.

Last week, NBC’s Kerry Sanders offered viewers an opportunity to do more than just imagine a coral nursery. Sanders took viewers a quarter mile off the coast of Fort Lauderdale, Florida and dove down twenty-five feet. Waiting on the seabed was an underwater nursery of staghorn coral (Acropora cervicornis). Scientists are growing, harvesting and transplanting the coral to help rebuild coral reefs off the coast of Florida and in the Caribbean.

The segment aired on June 20, 2012 on NBC’s “Nightly News.” If you missed it on television or forgot to DVR it, watch the segment here.

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