Creating a Coral Garden

In December 2014, two of my coworkers and I attended a Peace Corps sponsored seminar led by Dr. Filipina Sotto at the University of San Carlos- Mactan Island, Cebu.  Dr. Sotto shared her methods for low-cost, low-risk coral gardening to assist in the natural recovery of damaged reefs.  Coral gardening utilizes coral’s ability to reproduce a-sexually through a process called fragmentation.  The gardening process involves collecting fragments of coral (typically broken by waves or destructive fishing practices) attaching them to a Coral Nursery Unit (CNU), and ultimately transplanting the healthy fragments to degraded sections of reef.

After the seminar we decided to pilot our own garden in Tan-Luc Marine Protected Area, on the southern tip of Guimaras- a region that was devastated by a massive oil spill in 2006. This past week we completed the first phase of the project, filling four CNUs with over 400 fragments!


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One Response to Creating a Coral Garden

  1. Pat Endel says:

    Very cool!

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