A $ 5 million grant will help restore coral reefs at the Keys


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Key West, Florida. A $ 5 million grant will help restore a major coral reef found in federally protected waters around the Florida Keys.

Miami Herald Reports The project in the eastern dry rock coral reefs includes planting more than 60,000 coral reefs and employing specialized diving shops and community groups to clear debris.

The reef is located seven miles southeast of Key West and is part of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

The National Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration donated $ 5 million through the National Coastal Resistance Fund.

In 2019, NOAA announced the mission: Iconic Reefs, a plan to restore nearly a large portion of the Florida atoll. It is one of the largest strategies ever proposed for coral recovery.

The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary protects 3,800 square miles (6,100 km) of the waters surrounding the Florida Keys.

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