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methodology2019-01-15T14:46:45+01:00

Localization of our coral nurseries

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The sites where our coral nurseries are installed are chosen because of their global resistance facing the rising of sea surface temperatures, and their protection facing human activities : they’re all installed in Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in sheltered parts of our Oceans.

Before setting up a nursery, our Coral Gardeners lead scientific researches on neighboring reefs in order to monitor their health, and identify the ones that are the most susceptible of being resilient, and the most important ones within local ecosystems.

We don’t build coral reefs at a big scale : we only plant corals to reconnect patches of reefs together at a very micro scale, in order to rebuild barrier reefs. It’s a very qualitative & small-scale process that can’t be up-scaled at an industrial level like reforestation can be.

An integrated & participatory approach of reef restoration

Ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change (EBA) is widely implemented around the globe to build models of development based on restoration & sustainable management of natural resources.

As coral reef restoration & management is a powerful tool to increase adaptation to climate change, it needs to be an integrated & participatory process. Everyone who wants to take part to the adventure can !

We partner with former fishermen, local dive shops, hostels, NGOs, schools and many other citizens in order to increase awareness around the importance of healthy reefs for economies and societies.

Reef restoration is a systemic answer to a systemic crisis : we also support side activities like recycling, waste management, researches, education,…

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Our coral nurseries : what species ?

The natural distribution of coral species found in the area is preserved on our coral nurseries. We don’t introduce any specie that wasn’t there naturally.

In the first coral reefs we rebuilt in Malaysia, 2 main genus are represented :

Acropora Corals

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Acropora is one of the most widely found genus of hard coral around the world.
Its tree-looking shape, with many branches, makes it one of the most important genus for fish habitats (providing places to hide and nutrients to small marine life)
But it’s also a great reef-builder, with one of the fastest growth rate that can go up to 15/20cm a year !

Porites Corals

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Porites is a genus of hard coral characterized by digitation.
This genus is commonly known as hump coral or finger coral, because of their wider branches with a finger-looking shape.
They’re very efficient reef-builders, and while their growth rate is slower than Acropora, they’re more resistant and host a great variety of other species.

Our coral nurseries : what substrate ?

The Dome Nursery

The Dome Nursery is a frame of eco-friendly metal, that forms several layers in the inside. This particular shape reproduces the natural features of a coral reefs.
It’s very efficient for fish habitat, because it allows small to medium-sized marine species to hide from predators, get their nutrients or event mate.

The Glass Nursery

The Glass Nursery is made of recycled glass bottles, in a patch of eco-friendly cement made of crushed glass. 1 block has a capacity of 6 corals.
This substrate is more efficient for reef building & connecting patches of reefs together, and it also supports recycling efforts on the island !

Here are some pictures of our first restored coral reefs !

Any question or proposition ?