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Resolve has entered the arena of Coral reef restoration, working with Coastal Recovery by Farrell to focus both on building a 3 dimensional structure necessary to create marine habitat, and on maintain a stock of live coral for transplantation. When live coral is placed on artificial reef structures, the coral overgrows these structures, gradually transforming an artificial creation into a thriving natural coral reef .
Staff Marine Biologist Dr. Michael Haley has been with University of Miami biologists to rehabilitate damaged corals and restore live corals to damaged sites in South Florida. Mike and his team have been harvesting corals growing on the Osborne Tire Reef off Ft. Lauderdale, which consists of more than 2 million tires put down in the 1970s, and which is slated for removal. Resolve/Coastal Recovery carefully removes the corals growing on top of these tires and transports them to the University of Miami’s laboratory on Rickenbacker Cay, one of the only facilities in the country that can successfully rear and fragment corals. In the next two months, Resolve will transplant corals grown in the lab. back into the sea on a damaged site to study how this technique can help damage from ship groundings.