As part of the Speaking Sustainably Film Series, South Florida PBS (WPBT2 – WXEL) and the Deering Estate invite you to a complimentary reception and screening of Corals in Crisis on Wednesday, April 29th at 6:30pm at the Deering Estate Visitor Center Theatre. Reception begins at 6:30pm with light snacks and beverages. The screening will begin at 7:00pm. Following the screening guests can participate in a Q&A with featured experts and the production crew. Event is free and open to the public.
Florida’s fragile coral reefs are in crisis. Once vibrant cities of the sea, these biodiverse ecosystems have declined over the past few decades. Fishing pressures, pollution, development, and climate change have all left their mark.
Now, a new ailment known as “Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease” may be the last nail in the coffin. This disease is infecting over half of the reef-building corals at an unprecedented scale, killing most of the corals that get sick. But all hope is not lost. Experts of varying backgrounds are working diligently to figure out what is causing the disease, while simultaneously developing techniques to treat outbreaks and restore the sunshine state’s coral reefs to their former glory.