Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium’s coral reef research and restoration efforts in the Florida Keys are highlighted in one of the feature stories of the May 2021 issue of National Geographic magazine, titled "The Ocean Issue." The story, “How Coral Reefs Might Survive Climate Change,” addresses the issues coral reefs face worldwide, but also the solutions that scientists are looking for to solve them, including Mote’s innovative microfragmentation and reskinning methodology, which has allowed the organization to grow thousands of coral fragments on land before planting them onto the reef, stimulating rapid growth and recovery. To date, Mote has planted more than 100,000 fragments of coral along Florida’s Coral Reef. Also featured in the story is Mote’s latest breakthrough: the first restored massive corals spawning in the wild in Florida or the Caribbean.
To accompany the launch of National Geographic issue, Mote president and CEO Dr. Michael P. Crosby appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America to discuss coral bleaching and Mote’s coral restoration methods.