Coral REEF Restoration
Through science and community involvement, the REEFolution Foundation aims to restore and protect coral reefs in tropical countries.
Active coral reef restoration involves all of our following activities:
1) coral gardening, 2) artificial reef placement, 3) coral fragment out planting onto artificial reefs, 4) marine protected area establishment. Each phase plays a crucial role in the process of restoring coral reefs.
Coral gardening: or asexual coral propagation, methods use coral fragments from colonies or wild populations which have been exposed to disturbances (storms, destructive fishing, anchoring, vessel grounding). These fragments are transported to a nursery and will grow for 6-12 months dependent on species;
Artificial reef placement: when a hard settlement ground / substrate (reef, rocks) is lacking or destroyed by human practices, artificial reefs will be placed on which corals can be attached;
Coral outplanting: once coral fragments have grown larger in our coral nurseries, they are transplanted and outplanted onto the artificial reefs;
Marine protected areas (MPAs): to ensure long-term results, a Marine Protected Area (MPA) or No-Take Zone will be established. This way, we reduce or eliminate the stressors (pollution, overfishing, destructive fishing) which destroyed the coral reefs in the first place.
To promote self-resilient community-based coral reef management & long-term results, we work train and employ local community members.
We developed a 3-month REEF Ranger program which aims to provide local community members with practical diving & restoration skills.
IBAN: NL33 SNSB 0927975866
Zwarteweg 100, 1431 VM
Aalsmeer, The Netherlands
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