Coral restoration at scale is like a system of agriculture: collect, regrow, plant out, repeat.
At Coralku, coral nurseries are used in three ways: to regrow broken coral fragments, to establish 'breeding banks' with coral species that have severely declined in abundance, and to conduct essential scientific assessments and experiments.
Each method, however, serves the same purpose: to supply degraded reef sites with new corals. Every year after the monsoon season, we plant all of the successful corals from our nurseries back into designated restoration areas, and monitor their development and wellbeing. We use two main nursery types: coral trees and floating rebar platforms. Nurseries are kept at safe place, above the seabed, protected from storms, sediments and predators. Only broken coral fragments, found loose on the seabed, are used in our nurseries, and we make sure that our collection protocols maximize genetic diversity in our nurseries. During this process from loose fragment to coral outplant, everything is being recorded and evaluated. We strive with scientific documentation!
If you wish to support the maintenance of these coral nurseries, please get in touch!
[Banner photo by Triton Oceanic Exploration Society of coral trees by the Coral Restoration Foundation]