Join us to learn about the Caribbean king crab and their ability to serve as “coral gardeners” by consuming large amounts of seaweed! Jason will discuss how crab abundance can lead to reduced seaweed cover, resulting in improved coral restoration outcomes and healthier ecosystems.

REEF Fish & Friends is a free, monthly seminar series that features engaging ocean-themed presentations from guest speakers. Snorkelers, divers, and marine life enthusiasts are invited to join informal discussions and mingle with members of our friendly, ocean-minded community. Complimentary light refreshments are provided. The evening kicks off with a social from 6:15-7pm, followed by a presentation from 7-8pm. Seminars are also live-streamed on the REEF Facebook page and YouTube channel.

This presentation was funded in part through grant agreements from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Florida Coastal Management Program, and the Office for Coastal Management, under the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Award No. CZ617. The views, statements, findings, conclusions and recommendations expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the State of Florida, NOAA, or any of their sub agencies.