Coral Restoration

Published: 26 August 2021
Last edited: 13 October 2021

Only govermentally approved people are allowed to conduct these activities, however we do involved non-approved divers and non divers to assist in Coral restoration to help with maintenance work that does not involve collection or transplantation of any coral fragments (like cleaning coral tags etc)

Coral fragments are collected around the reef edge. These "corals of opportunity" are broken fragments that will enventually die if we do not collect them. Once collected, they are transplanted to artificial structures to help increase the coral diversity and population.

Some corals are adopted as part of our Adopt A Coral Program.The adopted coral is transplanted and named, then monitored, photographed and measured every 3 months. The data is published online and is freely available for research into coral growth. This program also helps provide data into coral growth and health states.

 

Classifications

Category
Collection of baseline and monitoring data and knowledge
Communication, outreach and awareness building
Evaluation, effectiveness measures and learning
Scale of implementation
Local
Phase of solution
Implementation
Monitoring
Documentation and dissemination of results

Enabling factors

  • Goverment approval
  • Social media
  • Environmentally minded individuals
  • Logistics (scuba diving, dive boats)
     

Lessons learned

The actual process of transplantation is quite simple. The other factors that we did not take in to account initially is the time that is required to keep the areas clean of fouling organisms, collect measurement data and photography records of corals. All the post care maintenance is vitally important to secure a high survival rate of coral transplants.
 

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