October 2015 – Keeping reefs clean and free of debris is a full-time endeavor in Biscayne National Park. The park’s reefs are littered with abandoned traps, strands of rope and marine trash – a visual blight that can also cause real damage when loose debris, pushed by currents, collides with corals. Here’s a bit of good news, though: The park has a cleanup plan and, thanks to the SFNPT, new funding to make it happen this year. Reef restoration in Biscayne is one of 14 projects approved for funding by the SFNPT board in September. Altogether, SFNPT approved $236,647 in new grants to support education programs, restoration projects, volunteer activities, student internships and ranger programs in South Florida’s national parks. We’ll be highlighting many of the projects in coming months. In the meantime, click here to read more about the new grants.