Coral Restoration Research

Ecosystem restoration is a scientific discipline that harnesses the natural forces and interaction of species in order to improve the quality and integrity of the environment . To achieve our restoration goals and to accelerate coral restoration science in Malaysia, we conduct leading-edge research together with our various academic partners.

Coral restoration gathered momentum after the 1998 mass bleaching event that has affected more than a third of the world's coral reefs. Science focused on answering basic questions such as: which species performs best, how fast do various species grow, how does fishing impact restoration success, etc. In Malaysia, however, very few efforts focused on delivering the science that is needed to establish comprehensive restoration protocols for coral reefs.

Since 2019, we are conducting continuous studies on coral restoration success. We first sought out to explore the differences in 'restoration performance' of various species in coral tree nurseries (a study that is currently in peer-review). In 2021, we started to study the restoration performance of the very same corals, but this time as outplants in the natural reefs. We also investigated how nurseries performed overall at various depths, and how coral fragment size impacted the growth and survival.

In 2022, we will continue these studies, but we will also explore additional factors that possibly influence restoration success at our reef sites. We are dedicated to publishing these results as soon as possible, and are already underway to develop a comprehensive coral restoration guidebook that focuses on Malaysian coral reefs in particular.

Please get in touch if you would like to find out more. Please also consider making a contribution towards such efforts.