The National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA) recently published at status review that showed 52 species of coral in the US are likely to go EXTINCT by the end of the century. Yikes!!!
Now, NOAA is in the process of evaluating whether 82 species of coral (from the Pacific and the Caribbean) should be listed under the Endangered Species Act.
Of these 82 corals in question, Florida suggests 7 from our region must be classified as endangered:
To enlist the public’s help, NOAA is presenting 2 workshops in the United States…and one is right here in South Florida!
My alma mater (Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center) will be hosting the South Florida science workshop and public meeting at the campus in Dania Beach next week:
Science Workshop: Wednesday, June 27; 8:30am-5:30pm
Listening Session: Thursday, June 28; 4:00pm-7:00pm
If you are unable to attend these meetings please sign the online petition by July 31st.
Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to be a part of national policy and coral conservation!!