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Here’s the estimated price for restoring two declining coral species found in South Florida and the Caribbean: About $250 million.

How long will it take? 400 years or so (assuming all goes smoothly).

No one expected it would be easy to restore elkhorn and staghorn corals, the once-abundant, reef-building species that since the 1970s have vanished from almost all of their old range. A recovery plan just released by the National Marine Fisheries Service says the biggest current threat is climate change, a problem beyond its power to solve.

The recovery plan makes it clear that the primary threat to elkhorn and staghorn is climate change and ocean warming and ocean acidification.

via Coral protection plan carries big price tag – Sun Sentinel.

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