SECORE International hosted a workshop at the Carmabi Marine Research Station Curaçao from May 18th – 27th. The opening day of the workshop started with a seminar to provide a global picture of coral restoration, discussing current obstacles and potential solutions. View the recordings of the presentations below.
Spawning Diploria labyrinthiformis with butterfly fish feeding on spawn. Photo © Ellen Muller
- Opening Remarks – Rebecca Albright, California Academy of Sciences
- The Global Coral Restoration Project – Dirk Petersen, SECORE
- Challenges to Recruitment in a Changing World – Rebecca Albright, California Academy of Sciences
- Genetics-Informed Strategies for Effective Coral Conservation – Iliana Baums, PennState University
- Scaling up Restoration to be Meaningful at an Ecosystem Level – Tom Moore, NOAA Coral Reef Restoration Program
- Global Ex Situ Conservation Applied to In Situ Restoration Techniques – Mary Hagedorn, Smithsonian Institution
- Ensuring a Future for Corals Through Assisted Evolution – Madeleine van Oppen, Australian Institute of Marine Science
- Panel Discussion and Q&A
This online seminar and workshop is part of the Global Coral Restoration Project initiated by SECORE International, California Academy of Sciences and The Nature Conservancy, and further supported by CARMABI Foundation, Curaçao Sea Aquarium, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Shedd Aquarium as well as State of Hawaii Division of Aquatic Resources.
The workshop aims to foster exchange between participants and organizers, working in the fields of coral science, restoration, aquaculture and marine resource management. The workshop is comprised of hands-on work, such as rearing coral larvae from daylight spawner Diploria labyrinthiformis, practicing the art of micro-fragmentation and outplanting techniques, as well as theoretical sessions on how to select outplanting sites and monitor restoration efforts.