Restoration of Florida coral reef complete

By: AP News
By: AP News

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Officials say an effort to repair
major damage to one of Florida's most notable coral reefs is
complete.

The reef located in the Atlantic Ocean about a mile off Palm
Beach County suffered severe damage in November. Officials believe
a barge may have dragged a cable across the reef, some 60 feet
down, dislodging hundreds of feet of coral.

An investigation is ongoing into the culprit but authorities say it remains a mystery. State and county officials used volunteer contractors to perform the work.

rin McDevitt of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission says about 130 pieces of hard corals were reattached to
the reef using a special concrete mixture that hardens in
saltwater. Work also was performed to reattach damaged soft corals,
like sea fans.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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