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Electrified Reef Jolts Corals Back to Health


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Author: David Fleshler

Source: Sun Sentinel

August 8, 2012

"A bizarre experiment in marine conservation rests on the ocean floor off Lauderdale-by-the-Sea.

An electrified artificial reef, powered by solar panels on buoys, went into operation in June, in an attempt to bolster the biologically and economically critical coral reefs of southeast Florida. And early reports say oysters, algae and various fish species have established themselves among the electrified structures.

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They have been trying this in a number of different spots. They run low voltage through a metal rack and it stimulated coral growth through increased calcium production. There was an article in the Oregonian not long ago about this and it featured woody at seahorse trying his own experiment with low voltage coral growth. I was in last weekend and checked it out. Looked pretty rough.

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