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Capt. Hook’s Coral Reef Program
Our goal is to get the information out to the divers so they are aware of the challenges the Florida Keys reef systems face daily and get them to participate Looe Key nursery dives and area coral planting.
We are working with two nursery programs in the Big Pine Key/Looe Key area – Mote Marine Labs and the Reef Renewal USA. We will be taking divers into each. Participants will not only gain more diving skills but will also be eligible for two specialty certifications: Coral Reef Preservation Diver and the Advanced Coral Reef Out Plant Diver.
There are a few prerequisites – you must be an open water certified diver to work in the nurseries, you will attend a short lecture and hands-on program for each course (one time for each course). You will learn about the biology of corals, the importance of the Florida Reef tract, how corals are grown in the labs, how to clean coral trees and structures without causing damage, how to fragment corals, how to cut corals, how to out plant, and how to set anchors in the nurseries for future structures. Upon completion divers will be taken to the nurseries and do the work they just learned about during the lecture and course work.
A single day program costs $99.00 with more than half of the proceeds going to the nursery program you are working with.
The Florida Reef tract needs your help to continue the progress that has been made!
Reef Renewal USA
Reef Renewal USA, Inc. has both land-based coral nurseries and in underwater nurseries with both PVC and smplified but effective rope-based trees.
Mote Marine Labs
Mote scientists cultivate diverse corals for restoration and research in land-based coral nurseries and in underwater nurseries where corals are grown on PVC “trees.”