Ginger Visits the Florida Keys, Barrier Reef

A decline in coral reefs around the world has led to the development of an offshore coral nursery.
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Now we left you, we left all of you with some of that -- the conch so you can learn to play and stone crab. One of our favorite regenerative resources and Gary is here with the king fisheries, can the key fisheries. Tell me how we get a king crab leg. Stone crab. Stone crab claw. Exactly. That's what I meant. Stone crab claws are caught in Florida bay about 40% of the ones are caught off the keys in marathon and marathon is the biggest port for stone crab. We left some back in the studios so you can enjoy while we are enjoying. Oh, it looks so fresh. It is fresh. We take a claw, break it off. They'll regenerate in 12 to 15 months and their lifetime get three to four claws off a crab. I'll take a bite. Very green resource. It is. Delicious resource. Try a little bit of mustard sauce with it. While we dine we're going to check out my -- I have some adventures. Thank you. I had adventures in the keys, the water is the most important resource and we're protecting that too. Check it out. ♪ ah, the Florida keys, a 120-mile chain of islands erupting with adventure. Five glorious regions protected by the only living coral reef that's in trouble. Hit by hurricanes, pollution. Reporter: But before we get to the deep stuff we have one day to do as much as we could in the Florida keys. And a gorgeous start here in Ila more rad dough, the sports fishing capital of the world. We'll try to find some kites. Reporter: New Jersey? Easy. Some people kite board. I drag and we blame it on the lack of wind. Plan a does not work. We do plan B and so from that to parasailing. This is going to work. It will. I'll bring a friend. This is Samantha who works behind the weather wall with me. Above the water, spectacular. But below there are some remarkable changes happening. Ken Niedermayer noticed a decline in reefs around the world and dedicated his time to bringing them back. In 2002 he started an offshore coral nursery. This he grow coral and with the help of students and volunteers, they transplant it to nearby reefs. We'll feed some folks. Closer to land. Aggh! I let him have it. I let him. Those magnificent wears just begging to be shared. So we end our day paddling with pups in key largo. Hopefully, Otis won't be jealous. Matt just showing me the ropes. This is the only way to end a perfect day in the keys. Let's go. 1,000 pounds of key lime pie behind me. This is David. He has made it and the keys are known for key lime pie. How much? We have enough to feed 1500 people. There's 55 gallons of sweetened condensed milk, 200 pounds of graham crackers, over 6,000 key limes went in here. We're leaving everyone back in New York with a taste. They've got to come to key west for it. We do a key lime festival and we make this mammoth bigger every single year. I'm going to get into this. You guys get into yours too, robin. Come down to the keys.

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