By Patti Gross, FL Keys News
The Coral Restoration Foundation (CRF) and members of a dive team made up of former special forces operators are working this week on vital National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration-led triage work on the Keys’ coral reef.
The teams are out on the reefs physically stabilizing corals damaged during Hurricane Irma. Force Blue, the veterans dive team, and CRF will also work together on essential repairs to CRF’s precious coral nurseries. Force Blue is a non-profit organization that unites special forces veterans with the world of marine science and conservation. By “giving a cause its warriors, and warriors a cause,” Force Blue provides veterans with a sense of purpose after years of service, while also developing an army of expertise that is being deployed to help restore and protect our oceans.