NBC Daytona Beach recently got an inside look at daily operations of the Florida Coral Rescue Center (FRCR), the largest coral rescue center in the United States that SeaWorld biologists help manage. In this 2,000-square-foot facility, there are more than 700 types of coral, and scientists are working around the clock to save various species from Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD). SCLTLD has devastated the region’s vulnerable and endangered coral, and scientists hypothesize that the rapid spread of SCLTD is due to rising temperatures and run-off.
Coral restoration and reproduction is essential to repairing the Florida coast. Fortunately, FRCR researchers have successfully spawned seven out of the 18 different species since the start of the project.
FRCR is a collaboration between SeaWorld, the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Florida Wildlife Commission (FWC), Disney and dozens of other organizations. To learn more about the FRCR, watch here.