Protecting coral reef habitats with buoy installations at John Pennekamp state park
Protecting the coral and seabed in John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is an urgent, critical and ongoing priority. The Friends of Pennekamp is deeply appreciative that a consortium of organizations comprised of the Ocean Reef Conservation Association, Ocean Reef Club, the Ocean Reef Community Association and Ocean Reef’s Rod & Gun Club provided funding for a major project to install mooring buoys within park waters.
Donations totaling $81,000 enabled the park to work with noted aquatic restoration firm Sea and Shoreline to install eighteen individual mooring buoys, allowing boats and vessels to tie up to the buoys versus using anchoring methods that damage the reefs.
“Ocean Reef strives to be a good neighbor to our State and National Parks; the conservation effort ensures the natural environment surrounding us remains healthy and thriving,” said Jack Salisbury, who is the Association Chairman and member of the board of the Friends as well. “Our organization was eager to support Friends of Pennekamp’s initiative to preserve this park that so greatly enhances life for all visitors and residents of the Florida Keys.”
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