Corporations helping make coral reef restoration a reality
Recently we have seen a handful of companies turn a helping hand in effort to restore coral reef habitats in areas that have been adversely affected by human activity. EcoTech Marine has recently partnered up with the Coral Reef Foundation (CRF) in the Florida Keys to help restore coral populations on the Molasses Reef off the southern shores of Key Largo.
EcoTech Marine’s products have helped nurture healthy ecosystems in countless aquariums around the world. Now, the leaders in aquarium technology are turning their focus to the biggest “reef aquarium” of all: The ocean.
EcoTech is sponsoring the Coral Restoration Foundation’s Adopt-a-Coral program, with eyes on restoring the Elkhorn (Acropora palmata) and Staghorn (Acropora cervicornis) corals on the Molasses Reef, off the coast of Key Largo, FL. EcoTech will help CRF develop strategies and methods to protect threatened coral species using its state-of-the-art offshore nursery and restoration techniques.
“We proudly support the preservation of healthy marine ecosystems, both inside and outside the tank,” said Patrick Clasen, EcoTech Marine’s Director of Finance. “Our involvement with the Coral Restoration Foundation lets us give back to Mother Nature – our greatest inspiration.”
The Bethlehem-based company is doing more than writing a check to protect corals in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Clasen and EcoTech teammate Justin Lawyer recently joined CHF on a dive off Key Largo to visit the sponsored nursery, assisting in the regular maintenance that ensures the coral stays in good condition. The EcoTech divers planted 60 Staghorn corals, with hopes the genotype will spawn and repopulate the reef.