Molasses Reef is now peppered with staghorn coral (bottom right) planted mostly by Ken Nedimyer, starting as a 4-H project with his daughter. Volunteers from the Plantation based Florida Marine Aquarium Society and locals work with Ken Nedimyer, the founder of the Coral Restoration Foundation, to restore coral to reefs off of Key Largo. In waters off the Keys and northern Fort Lauderdale, scientists are growing endangered corals in underwater nurseries to transplant onto the depleted reefs off the southeast Florida coast. With money from the Obama administration's stimulus program, scientists and environmentalists have established coral nurseries to grow Elkhorn and Staghorn coral, the only corals on the endangered species list.
Carey Wagner, Sun Sentinel
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