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Reef Restoration

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. 

We’re excited to see what our local coral reef restoration practitioners have in 
store for rejuvenating the Florida Keys coral reef ecosystem that so many of us depend on for income and protection for our coastline. Education, outreach, jobs and internships will be included in these efforts.
 
UWCK is pleased to work alongside the United Arab Emirates, reef restoration partners and the Keys community to restore our reefs and support our community’s future.  

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.

The gift was part of a larger $10 million pledge to the state of Florida for Hurricane Irma relief efforts. United Way of Collier and the Keys will execute the gift’s impact strategy in partnership with experts at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) along with other local, state, national and international stakeholders. The majority of these funds will be made available through United Way to local reef restoration organizations to execute the critical reef restoration work.
 
Questions about the UWCK Reef Revitalization project an be addressed to Jessica Dockery via email or at 305-619-6605.