[Coral-List] Views on Coral Garden Projects
S.J.Box at exeter.ac.uk
Sun Mar 6 19:17:18 EST 2005
Dear Coral List,
The "Coral Gardens Project" is currently running pilot projects around the Bay
Islands in Honduras and doing a big promotional drive within the dive tourism
and resort sector.
They are attempting to regenerate Acropora and Porites species by attaching
cuttings from adult colonies to bare reef substratum following a period of
"growing up" of the cuttings on racks or wires.
Since there is little information in the literature about the validity of such
a scheme and their pilot on Roatan seems to have produced few viable results,
I was hoping that list subscribers may have personal anecdotes about whether
similar projects (across the Caribbean or the Pacific) have actually had any
measurable success, or if they just take resources and attention away from
other reef conservation initiatives.
List subscribers views on other aspects recently promoted by the Coral Gardens
Project in Honduras such as;
the killing of Damsel fish and fire worms to prevent the spread of coral
disease and the killing of Trigger fish to allow urchin numbers to recover,
would also be appreciated.
Marine Spatial Ecology Lab
School of Biological Sciences
University of Exeter
Prince of Wales Rd
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