UWCK is pleased to coordinate the Restoring the Florida Keys through Reef Restoration and Beyond project, working with the NOAA Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary's Mission: Iconic Reefs project.
As part of our commitment to strengthen the community, UWCK aims to create an environment for Keys residents to thrive. From creating jobs, to providing opportunities for education, to rebuilding the backbone of the community - the coral reefs can help our Florida Keys residents achieve financial stability through this initiative.
Florida Keys Area President, Leah Stockton, and Reef Revitalization Project Liaison, Jessica Dockery, presented the latest on Revitalizing the Florida Keys Through Reef Restoration and Beyond to the members of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council in February 2021.
The RFP application period has closed and Advisory Reviewers and Board members are constructing recommendations for funding Florida Keys coral restoration practitioners, to be announced in May 2021.
Officials from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and The United Way of Collier and the Keys announced in February 2020 that the UAE granted $3.5 million in funds to help restore seven iconic reefs in the Florida Keys. The donation launchrd one of the largest investments in reef restoration in the world.