Florida Reef Restoration Co-operative!!! ??!
I attended the most recent fwc commissioner meeting last week. On the second day, a presentation was given about Florida's reef system. I had no idea about the disease that has popped up. It's alarming.
I have kept aquariums my whole life. I maintained them professionally for a few years and kept some pretty sophisticated reef tanks. I still have friends entrenched in the hobby personally and professionally.
So during the presentation, it got me to thinking. Why don't we set up a system that would allow hobbyist and/or educational institutions, through permitting and an inspection process, to grow out staghorn and elkhorn (or whatever else) that can be used to restock the reefs?
I would imagine there would be quite a few hobbyist interested and they already are growing out myriads of species. I'd do it! How cool would it be to go dive a reef that you helped restore with coral YOU grew out?!
Also, I'd bet there would be many schools that would have a teacher interested in starting a program at the school. Which would be great for education and outreach.
I was hoping I might get some feedback here before I get further engaged with staff. Maybe this is far fetched, but even the agencies know they are limited severely by resources. Gotta start thinking outside the box!