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March 2, 2020
Responses to the Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease

“Ana Zangroniz, Miami-Dade County Extension Agent at UF/IFIS Sea Grant Extension, joined Coral Restoration Foundation for its December “Sips and Science” lecture. The dynamic scientist used humor to discuss what is actually a very serious topic, the stony coral tissue loss disease (SCTLD) currently affecting the Florida Reef Tract. Her talk got into what SCTLD […]

March 2, 2020
Reducing nutrient pollution helps coral resist bleaching

“Coral reefs are not doomed. Although human activities threaten the iconic ecosystems in many different ways, scientists maintain that reefs can continue to thrive with the right assistance. A study by researchers at UC Santa Barbara details how reducing nutrient pollution can help prevent coral from bleaching during moderate heatwaves. The results, which appear in […]

February 3, 2020
Plastic pollution: ‘Hidden’ chemicals build up in seabirds “Plastic pollution can build up in the bodies of seabirds, adding to the threats they face in the wild, according to a new study. Researchers fed plastic pellets to nesting chicks to look at the direct effects of plastic exposure. They found chemicals from plastic ended up in the birds’ liver and fatty tissues […]

January 27, 2020
Sugarloaf Clean-Up was a success!!

Our Sugarloaf clean-up this past Saturday, January 25th was a success!! Reef Relief and volunteers met at the Jumping Bridge in Sugarloaf and cleaned up the area from 10am-12pm. 732 pounds of trash were collected in 2 hours!! 🎉Reef Relief is so thankful for all our volunteers that help out at our clean-ups! We had 35 […]

January 22, 2020
January 2020 Clean-Ups

🎉We have some Clean-Ups coming up! First up is the Sugarloaf Clean-Up January 25th and another at Cow Key Channel January 26th! On our Reef Relief Facebook you can sign up under events to let us know you’re coming!🌊⁣ What to Bring?⁣ Bring clothes and shoes you don’t mind getting dirty, a water bottle, and sunscreen!⁣ ⁣Directions to Sugarloaf: […]

January 13, 2020
Turtle recovering at SC Aquarium after ingesting at least 136 pieces of plastic

Link: “CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) – It’s no secret that single-use plastics hurt wildlife. But caregivers at the South Carolina Aquarium didn’t expect to find a young sea turtle ingest more than 100 pieces of plastic. Down in what’s called “the basement,” there’s a turtle known as Michael Myers. Caregivers at the Sea Turtle Care Center […]

January 6, 2020
Coral Camp is back!

Looking for a fun, adventurous, and educational activity for your child to participate in over MLK weekend? Sign them up for Coral Camp! This year, Reef Relief is offering a mini camp for children 6-12. Camp goes from Saturday, January 18th to Monday January 20th 8:30am-4:30pm $150/camper Snorkel trips with Fury Water Adventures Key West and Honest Eco! […]

December 4, 2018
World’s strangest sharks and rays ‘on brink of extinction’

Link: Some of the world’s most unusual sharks and rays are on the brink of extinction because of threats such as commercial fishing, scientists have said. A shark that uses its tail to stun prey and a ray half the length of a bus are on the list of 50 species. The scientists say sharks […]

October 22, 2018
A 14-year-long oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico verges on becoming one of the worst in U.S. history

A 14-year-long oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico verges on becoming one of the worst in U.S. history An aerial image of an oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico, taken on April 28, 2018. (Oscar Garcia-Pineda) By Darryl Fears October 21 at 6:07 PM NEW ORLEANS — An oil spill that has been […]

September 6, 2018
Clean Ups Scheduled for September and October

Help us Clean Up the Florida Keys!! Check out the links below for details about the clean ups happening in September and October. We need all the help we can get!! Sept 7-8th. Sept 9-10th. Sept 15. Sept 13-16th. Sept 21st Vaca Key, intersection of 6th Ave Gulf and Margate Ave […]