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Officials want $100M for reef restoration in Florida Keys

Posted at 6:22 AM, Dec 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-10 06:32:38-05

KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) -- Federal officials have announced plans to raise $100 million to fund projects to restore seven significant coral reef sites in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday that “Mission: Iconic Reefs” calls for restoring nearly 70 acres of the Florida Reef Tract, one of the largest strategies ever proposed for coral restoration.

The administration says the organization will work with partners to secure public and private funds.

Restoration efforts involving growing and transplanting corals have proven successful in the Keys, motivating plans for the large-scale restoration effort within the sanctuary.