These photographs were taken on Anne’s Beach during the first Lower Matecumbe clean up after Hurricane Irma ... a coral tree that was part of the hurricane debris. While there are a number of different types of "coral trees" being used, this coral tree came from the Coral Restoration Foundation's Tavernier nursery... one of two trees that the Foundatin lost during the hurricane. Both apparently washed up onto the shoreline of Lower Matecumbe. Only one was returned... this one apparently hauled off as hurricane debris.
Just what is a "coral tree" and how is it used?
As the coral reefs here and around the world struggle to
survive, there are many individuals and organizations doing
what they can to help our environment. One such
individual is Ken Nedimyer, founder of the Coral Restoration
Foundation here in the Upper Keys.
Ken continually looks for ways to "put Humpty Dumpty back
together again." He has created the Coral Tree Nursery®.
Take just two minutes to watch a video from CNN that
demonstrates some of the efforts of the Coral Restoration
Foundation and the work that Ken Nedimyer is doing here
in the Keys and around the world. Click here to view video.
From the Coral Restoration Foundation (CRF) website (www.coralrestoration.org/):
The coral tree photographed (at top of page), amid the hurricane debris, is a new design invented by Ken Nedimyer, used to grow star corals and brain corals.
Thanks to Catlin Seaview Survey, and Google Maps’ Underwater Streetview, you can now see first hand what the coral tree nursery looks like under water. The Catlin Seaview Survey visited the Coral Restoration Foundation Nursery in 2015 to capture 360° images. Use your mouse to move around the 360° image to see coral fragments growing on the Coral Trees, as well as larger fragments attached to smaller, “hangman” structures, ready for the team to collect gametes during the annual coral spawning. It is truly fascinating to see scientists working tirelessly to "fix" what they can of our ocean.
Go to the Foundation website to "visit" an underwater coral tree nursery: http://www.coralrestoration.org/coral-tree-nursery/
Others making a difference:
Mote Marine Laboratory and the Boy Scout SeaBase have partnered on a project to use these coral trees to help restore coral throughout the Keys. See a recent article about their newest announcement: (Click here)
To read about the Hurricane Irma damage to the coral tree farmshere: