The Coral Reef Protection Act went into effect in 2009 and increased coral protection by holding all vessels responsible for damaging coral reefs.

The Coral Reef Protection Act went into effect in 2009 and increased coral protection by holding all vessels responsible for damaging coral reefs.
Photo: Jerry Metz

Use nautical charts and mooring buoys to avoid damaging coral reefs when boating. Anchor in a sandy spot when mooring buoys are unavailable.

Use nautical charts and mooring buoys to avoid damaging coral reefs when boating. Anchor in a sandy spot when mooring buoys are unavailable.
Photo: Chantal Collier

Staghorn coral was listed as a federally threatened species in 2006 under the US Endangered Species Act.

Staghorn coral was listed as a federally threatened species in 2006 under the US Endangered Species Act.
Photo: Dave Gilliam, Ph.D.

Elkhorn coral was listed as a federally threatened species in 2006 under the US Endangered Species Act.

Elkhorn coral was listed as a federally threatened species in 2006 under the US Endangered Species Act.
Photo: Dave Gilliam, Ph.D.

Pillar coral was listed as an endangered species in Florida in 1985.

Pillar coral was listed as an endangered species in Florida in 1985.
Photo: Dave Gilliam, Ph.D.

  • Coral Grief
  • Coral Relief
  • Acropora cervicornis - staghorn coral
  • Acropora palmate - elkorn coral
  • Dendrogyra cylindrus - pillar coral
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