19 April, 2014

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Coral Line by: Mr and Mrs Anders

Coral Type: Tabular

Coral species: Acropora tenuis

Note: This line showed initial mortality likely caused by fragmentation stress during the planting process, but since its first monitoring stage it has not had any mortality. Growth rate is increasing with age. To begin with, skeletal extension was quite slow, but between 6 months and 9 months and on to 12 months, we have seen an increase, with fragments extending at a faster rate than before. Moving away from science, the fragments are incredibly beautiful up close- they have bright yellow polyps! The line is now almost 3 years old, and mirculously survived the El Nino bleaching event! It is one of our best lines and we intend to transplant it to the reef in the coming weeks! 








17 April, 2014

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Coral Line by: The Fergusons

Message : "Happy to help Gili make a difference."

Coral Type: Branching

Coral species: Acropora aspera


Note: Another line with incredible growth rates! Growing an average of 4.6mm per 3 month period, and with a 93% survival rate, this line was doing very well. After 9 months, myself and Vaidas went to measure this line and found it had outgrown our calipers! This is something we had not anticipated, and we are amazed at the growth rate on every line of this species. A photograph of the fragments at 9 months has been posted below! At 2 years, sadly we see a dramatic drop in survival rate. This was caused by the El Nino event in 2016 which caused mass coral bleaching. The majority of wild corals of this species died, so to have any coral left alive at all should be considered a blessing. As you can see, at 2 years, some corals were left, but at 2.5 years, only one remains. This is because the monitoring period at 2 years fell exactly during the bleaching event, where the corals were dying, some still just alive.
You have one remaining colony (which is huge!), and it will be used to re-fragment and make a new line with. This new line will then be used (with its super fast growth rates) to restore our damaged reef. 












03 April, 2014

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Coral Line by: Nikolay Stoyanov and family

Coral Type: Tabular
Coral species: Acropora hyacinthus


Note: This was one of our best growing lines until April 2016, when the warming effect of El Nino caused a mass coral bleaching event. This event killed 80% of Acroporid corals in the Maldives, particularly this species of Acropora hyacinthus. Our house reef was dominated by this table forming species until the bleaching, which killed 100% of Acropora hyacinthus at all our local snorkeling sites. To have any survive is nothing short of a miracle! We are really pleased to have a few remaining colonies on your line that we can use to transplant and help kick start recovery on our damaged reef! Thank you for donating! To the right, I have posted some images, showing that many of your colonies were partially killed, with the shaded underpart surviving the bleaching- this suggests that much of the mortality during this time was caused by harmful UV rays, which didn't penetrate the underside- a pro of keeping the older lines suspended in the nursery during the bleaching. 














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Coral Line by: Nikolay Stoyanov and family

Coral Type: Branching
Coral species: Acropora aspera

Note: This is a fast growing species, compromising skeletal strength and immune system for speed. The branches are extremely easy to break, and the species is very susceptible to coral diseases such as White Syndrome, however, it will grow back quickly from any disruption. From month 9, we discovered the branches had grown so much, we couldn't measure skeletal extension using our 200mm calipers. For the purpose of the graphics, I inputted 200mm for each fragment until we get some larger calipers, however in reality, the growth rate is higher than this.




















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