In April 2019, the NFL and the Miami Superbowl Host Committee approached FORCE BLUE about leading a historic coral reef restoration project in honor of the NFL Centennial and Super Bowl LIV.
Super Bowl Legacy Reef
Together with scientists from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, the Philip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, veteran divers from FORCE BLUE and the UDT/SEAL Association harvested and transplanted 100 staghorn corals on to a section of reef in Biscayne Bay.
Although the restoration effort was, by design, small in scale, the coalition of partners FORCE BLUE brought together (many of whom had never participated in marine conservation before) helped shine a spotlight on the issues facing the world’s coral reefs and served as a reminder of what can be accomplished when cooperation and collaboration lead the way.
FORCE BLUE intends for this initial effort to serve as the catalyst for a much larger initiative — a first-of-its-kind ecosystem rebuild that will incorporate all of the strategies and techniques currently being employed in coral reef restoration around the globe, together with military and Department of Defense technologies previously unavailable in the realm of marine science.