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Can corals be saved?

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By illuminem briefings

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🗞️ Driving the news: In Florida, coral reefs are facing severe threats from record ocean temperatures, prompting a significant shift in restoration strategies 
• Conservationists, responding to catastrophic bleaching events, are now prioritizing heat-resilient corals for restoration efforts

🔭 The context: Florida's coral reefs, crucial to local ecosystems and economies, have suffered a 90% decline over the last 40 years due to climate change, natural disasters, and human activities 
• Restoration groups are experimenting with relocating nurseries to deeper, cooler waters and trying new shading techniques

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Coral reefs support over 7,000 marine species and play a vital role in marine biodiversity 
• Their decline not only impacts marine life but also affects regional tourism and economies dependent on healthy reefs

⏭️ What's next: The focus is on adapting restoration practices to enhance the resilience of coral populations to warming seas 
• This includes selecting species that can withstand higher temperatures and identifying reef areas that offer natural protection from heat stress

💬 One quote: "It’s an appealing message — that clever coral reef scientists can climate-proof reefs. Unfortunately, we cannot," (Terry Hughes, Professor of Marine Biology at James Cook University)

📈 One stat: Last summer, shallow-water temperatures in the lower Keys spiked to 101 degrees Fahrenheit, posing severe risks to coral health

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