Coral Restoration

 

Coral reefs worldwide are exposed to multiple human threats and persisting global change impacts, causing coral degradation.  Here, in the Tropical Eastern Pacific corals are damaged by fishing, runoff and sedimentation from rivers, runoff from agriculture and from human populations. All of these factors call for action and the development of restoration methodologies. We are developing a two-step restoration operation: with an in situ nursery phase and then transplantation of nursery-farmed coral colonies. Healthy coral stock material is collected from wild populations on nearby reefs and grow in the nursery to a size suitable for out-planting back to the natural reef.

Currently we are farming 3 different genus of endemic stony or hard coral.

Pavona gigantea 

(Scleractinia Agariciidae)

Pavona comes in various formations, here it tends to grown in  lobulated or plated colonies. When the tentacles are visible, the colony has a furry look. Pavona has an  orange, brown or pinkish colour in this region. It is normally found in the  between 10 and 30 m depth range and is quite slow growing.

Porites lobata 

(Scleractinia Poritidae ) 

Porites colonies are encrusting and can reach several meters in diameter. Polyps are very small, pentagonal and and look like little pores. So it is easy to remember it’s called porites. They are normally found in 12-20m and a quite slow growing. Colonies often display scars and white markings caused by fish bites and are a generally beige or greenish in colour

Pocillopora

(Scleractinia Pocilloporidae) 

Pocillopora is a branching colony with quite short  branches. It is normally brown to greenish in color. and Found slightly shallower in the 5-15m depth range.

They grow well in stronger currents or surge and grow reasonably quickly for a stony coral.