Fighting for Coral: FORCE BLUE Coral Response Highlights NOAA Vet Training Program

By NOAA Fisheries

A partnership between NOAA, FEMA, nonprofits and a local enterprise is one of many engaging military veterans and restoring important ecosystems—this time helping revive coral reefs in the Caribbean.

NOAA continues to work with many partners to assess and repair damaged corals after hurricanes Irma and Maria. This week, along with and thanks to our partner, Ocean Conservancy, six Force Blue divers joined NOAA, Sea Ventures Incorporated and others in Puerto Rico. They kicked off a two-month FEMA-backed mission, focusing on coral reef damage assessment, emergency restoration, and long-term recovery planning.

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