Overall, while Mote once had 20,000 coral fragments in its nurseries, they were left with about 1,000 in varying sizes.
“It’s a setback, but in many ways we’re still further ahead than we were even a year or two ago,” Bartels said, noting that there are more elkhorn coral in the nurseries now, after recovering fragments of 10 different genotypes of elkhorn coral. “We had to figure out where these setbacks put us, and how to move forward, but now that we’ve figured all that out, we’re moving full steam ahead,” Bartels said.
“We’ve been very fortunate we’ve got a couple different sources of money and support for recovery efforts, and we got a large influx of support from the state.”
The Legislature appropriated $500,000 for Mote Marine, and Bartels’ program also received a $15,000 grant from Community Foundation of Sarasota County.