Florida Aquarium in Tampa makes history, could save Great Barrier Reef

The Florida Aquarium reproduces coral for the first time in a lab.

The Florida Aquarium is obviously a fun escape for a family outing, and a great spot for a school trip. It’s home to some of nature’s most extraordinary creatures. While it remains a bastion of education, it is also a hub for scientific progress. Researchers at the aquarium may have just made a groundbreaking achievement. According to a report by CNN, a group of coral has reproduced two days in a row in a lab setting.

🚨🚨 We are proud to announce that #ProjectCoral at the The Florida Aquarium in Apollo Beach has successfully made history as the first to spawn Atlantic coral in a laboratory setting. 😮 This event is a game-changer in the race to save the Florida Reef Tract. #ProtectandRestore #FloridaAquarium #PillarCoral #CoralSpawn2019 Read more here: https://www.flaquarium.org/pressroom/posts/the-florida-aquarium-becomes-first-organization-in-history-to-induce-spawning-of-atlantic-coral-a-neResearch activities occurred within the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and under permit.Thanks to our partners for making this work possible: Horniman Museum and Gardens,NOAA Fisheries Service, Nova Southeastern University, NOAA Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, South-East Zoo Alliance for Reproduction & Conservation, NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program.

Posted by The Florida Aquarium on Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Why is this achievement so important? It could prove to be a saving grace for America’s Barrier Reef just off the Florida Keys. Research initially began back in 2014.

It’s all part of Project Coral, which aims to help repopulate the Florida Reef Tract. The Florida Aquarium is the first to make this breakthrough achievement in the world.

Now that the project is a proven success, The Florida Aquarium can now focus on building more greenhouses to reproduce coral year after year. To learn more about this achievement, visit the Florida Aquarium’s website.

The Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive

Want to experience more at the aquarium?

Flow with the Fishes on August 25 when they host a special yoga class for adults and children.

Join the aquarium for a special Labor Day Luau on September 1.

Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan is the Editor of thatssotampa.com. Follow him on Twitter @harlanyoungII and Instagram @harlanyoung. Send tips and potential stories to info@thatssotampa.com.