KeysKeeper is acquiring funding for a coral reef restoration project carried out by Mote Marine Laboratory. There are some issues where KeysKeeper sees a need to initiate a project or projects that lie within the capability of an existing organization but are not presently contemplated because they are deemed too risky or too expensive. In this case, Keyskeeper may take a bolder and larger position in seeking these projects. KeysKeeper recognizes the fundamental importance of restoring the coral reef ecosystem in the Florida Keys, and that it is very much possible to do so with the right funding.
KeysKeeper has initiated discussions with Bonefish and Tarpon Trust to explore the creation and funding of a bonefish hatchery in the Florida Keys.
Much of the science and conceptual work that surround this effort correctly belong to BTT. The science of raising bonefish in a hatchery environment is not well known. BTT is working on that set of problems. Nonetheless, there are a set of issues that involve the more mundane issues of locating, building and funding an ongoing hatchery. These issues need to be developed in parallel with the science so that when the science is ready, there is a fully developed, fully financed plan for scale up and implementation.