[Coral-List] Coral Reef Restoration in Florida
moulding at nova.edu
Mon Mar 7 10:06:47 EST 2016
In the Caribbean, there are many organizations doing population enhancement work using coral nurseries primarily focusing on Acropora species. In Florida alone, over 16,000 colonies of Acropora were outplanted in 2014. Most of the scientific publications have been about techniques or colony-based comparisons. The one publication that I know of that addresses more of the landscape questions you raise is Giffin et al. (2015). It documents the expansion of outplanted colonies of Acropora cervicornis into a thicket that occupies more than twice the footprint of the original restoration site. Although I don't think there is any published information, A. cervicornis in the Florida Keys has been observed to spawn 2 years after outplanting from the nursery onto the reef.
Here is a link to a YouTube video showing a NOAA outplanting effort and some shots of the site one year after outplanting. Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words.
I would love to see more scientific publications on longer term restoration success stories because they are definitely occurring.
Griffin, S. P., M. I. Nemeth, T. D. Moore, and B. Gintert. 2015. Restoration using Acropora cervicornis at the T/V MARGARA grounding site. Coral Reefs 34(3):885.
From: coral-list-bounces at coral.aoml.noaa.gov <coral-list-bounces at coral.aoml..noaa.gov> on behalf of Dennis Hubbard <dennis.hubbard at oberlin.edu>
Sent: Wednesday, March 02, 2016 8:48 AM
To: Douglas Fenner
Cc: coral list
Subject: Re: [Coral-List] Coral Reef Restoration in Florida
We've seen a number of these kinds of documentaries and have all seen
corals hung on clothes lines seemingly doing will. All the ones I've seen
have been in passing and, while local dives shops allude to it "working
great" I have never seen colonies out on the reef unless they settled there
on their own (lots of small to mid-sized *A. palmata*, for example).
Does anyone have references for papers that describe successful
"restoration" (i.e., corals growing out, reproducing and starting to create
even a small "reef community") using any of these methods?
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