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Supporting Coral Reef Restoration


Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Corp. said it will provide additional funding to The Florida Aquarium’s mission to protect and restore the Sunshine State’s reefs.

Last year, the Tampa-based aquarium enacted the largest out-planting of staghorn coral in the state’s history as part of a multiyear effort to save the Florida Reef Tract, which stretches about 360 miles along the southeastern coast and is the world’s third largest barrier reef.


When the aquarium’s coral restoration efforts were adversely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, Great Lakes Dredge and Dock — which already had a financial commitment to the project— increased its funding.

“Great Lakes has been an amazing partner, and their commitment to coral reef restoration through their investments and actions is to be commended,” said The Florida Aquarium president and CEO Roger Germann in a statement. “We are grateful for their increased support of our important coral research and science efforts.”

During the last 18 months, its Center for Conservation celebrated successful spawning of endangered Atlantic pillar and ridged cactus coral — both firsts in laboratory setting.

A video about the aquarium’s coral restoration efforts can be seen here.


‘A Phenomenal Success’

The Southampton International Boat Show had more than 88,000 visitors during its 10-day run, after last year’s cancellation.

TopSide Marinas Makes First Two Acquisitions

Founded in January 2020, the firm has thus far acquired Beavers Bend Marina in Oklahoma and Galveston Yacht Basin in Texas.

Two Boosts for Boating and Fishing

MBIA’s Metro Boat show show draws a crowd, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service expands boating and fishing opportunities.

Norwalk Boat Show Held This Weekend

The NMMA show runs through Sunday at Norwalk Cove Marina in Norwalk, Conn.

Raritan Expands Team

Patrick McNeel joins the New Jersey-based manufacturer as a marine equipment product developer.

Industry Mourns Walter “Bing” Burns O’Meara

The longtime publisher of Lakeland Boating magazine has died at 81.

NMMA Announces Hall of Fame Inductees

Regulator Marine’s Joan Maxwell and Bill Watters of Syntec Industries will be honored at IBEX.

Brunswick Acquires SemahTronix

The supplier of wiring harnesses and other electrical assemblies will be part of Brunswick’s growing Advanced Systems Group.