[Coral-List] Coral reef restoration (John Ware - Coral-List Digest, Vol 102, Issue 4)

Rob Hilliard, imco rhilliard at imco.com.au
Mon Feb 6 08:16:50 EST 2017

Hi John

Re. your Q about possibly missing a useful review/critique on the 
methods and costs for coral reef rehab/restoration - have you seen the 
USD4.9M Seychelles-Mauritius program application for 2019 onward? (it 
contains an attachment summarising pertinent progress):

Apart from this and the Florida project/s, seems not much else since 
ICRI's 2005 resolution and the spate of 2005-2010 reviews, e.g.


Esp. projects that aim to increase some pertinent indices (biodiversity 
conservation/fish production/coast protection/whatever) at ecologically 
meaningful scales - even a relatively small 2 km bay, atoll lagoon or 
stretch of fringing reef...

The supplementary spreadsheet of Bayraktarov et al's recent review 
(2016) lists peer-reviewed publs on coral programs and misses the 
majority of small-scale projects - not surprising since many do not even 
make it into the grey literature, being corp-funded projects to fulfil 
highly localised goals.  Those that do are often blurry or mute about 
overall cost and the duration/outcome of success monitoring*.

Are you intending to produce an updated account?

Rob Hilliard
Intermarine Consulting Pty Ltd
rhilliad at imco.com.au

*most fall into the following categories:
- Repair/stabilisation of small patches damaged by a ship grounding or 
other highly localised acute event (eg. Red Sea, Aus-GBR, W 
Atl/Caribbean, NZ).  Costs may be well documented but not necessarily 
public due to the nature of agency/ship insurer negotiations for 
lump-sum agreement, plus the amount follow-up can shift according to 
agency budget reviews & priorities.
- Relocation of coral colonies out of the path of a 
pipelay/channel/reclaim project to reduce losses/help provide 
'substitute' habitat (e.g. Qatar, Tahiti, Carib)
- Resort 'house' reef, or nearby 'Park' reef, rehab & recovery 
enhancement projects (global and typically a high-end resort, focussing 
on small sites most visited by their snorkelling/diving guests, plus 
occasional de novo seascaping beside an exclusive underwater 
dining/spa/suite space, built on sand);
- Community reef enhancement/stewardship/landlord projects, supported by 
NGOs and/or development agencies (eg. Thailand, Indonesia, other WPac)
- the various coral nursery-cultivation ventures for supplying the 
aquarium industry (esp. Philippines, Fiji, other PacSIS)


On 03-Feb-17 7:52 PM, coral-list-request at coral.aoml.noaa.gov wrote:
> Today's Topics:   3. Coral reef restoration (John Ware)
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------
> Message: 3
> Date: Thu, 2 Feb 2017 11:10:43 -0700
> From: John Ware <jware at erols.com>
> Subject: [Coral-List] Coral reef restoration
> To: "coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov" <coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov>
> Message-ID: <1416cdcf-f54f-cfc5-40b5-8bfca7d3262f at erols.com>
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=utf-8; format=flowed
> Dear List,
> Back in ~mid January, I sent out a request asking the list for
> references to papers that provided an evaluation or critique of the
> process of reef restoration, coral transplants, "population enhancement"
> (my personal favorite), etc.
> Of the 68 papers in my file on this topic, only one is the least bit
> critical:
> Bayraktarov et al, Ecol Appl 26(4):1055-1074 (I believe this is open
> access).
> Elisa et al. concentrate on financial aspects and note that few papers
> describe costs in sufficient detail.  But they also mention that there
> is almost certainly a publication bias towards success.
> It seems to me that there should be somewhere a critical review
> mentioning, for example, the relevance of scale in terms of global reef
> size and climate change.
> But it does not appear that anyone has done the critical review that I
> expected to find (in a respectable journal).
> Did I miss something??
> John Ware

More information about the Coral-List mailing list