The Florida Keys are home to one of the world’s largest coral reefs. Over the years, it has declined, dying a little bit at a time from various factors like climate change, indiscriminate fishing and pollution. According to scientists, even though reefs make up only one percent of the ocean, without them we would lose a staggering 25 to 50 percent of our fisheries.
There is a growing movement to save these submerged gardens. As John Zarrella reported, the odds are stacked against the scientists, researchers and environmentalists involved in this quest. They are nonetheless determined to preserve this fragile and very important ecosystem. If the restoration effort is successful in Florida, others like it could benefit.