28 December, 2015

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Coral Line by: Songsri Pasawongse

Coral Type: Branching

Coral species: Acropora aspera

Message: Kiss the Coral <3 

Note: The average fragment size measurements for 6 months are approximately 20mm less than the 3 month monitoring. This is an unexpected occurrence and the exact cause is unknown. A comparison of photographs from 3 months and 6 months seems to show the fragments missing their tips in the most recent photograph. There is a chance some of the tips have been taken by coral eating fish such as parrotfish or triggerfish. You will notice that the fragments continued to grow at 9 months with very little mortality. At one year, the corals are not quite as big as we had hoped, so they will remain in the nursery for a few months before transplantation.













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Coral Line by: Yosvaris Pasawongse

Coral Type: Branching

Coral species: Acropora sp.

Message: Preserve this beauty

Note: We see a dramatic die off at the 6 month monitoring period for this line. This mortality was caused by the 2o16 El Nino that hit us in April/ May of 2016. The El Nino caused a rise in water temperature which killed a huge amount of coral. This line lost  80% of living fragments as a result of the El Nino. For more information, visit http://lines.lankanfushi.com/p/coral-lines.html or email our project manager at deborah.burn@gili-lankanfushi.com. The remaining corals are growing well, and we hope these bleach resistant colonies will make our reef more resilient in the future! 













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Coral Line by: Chayatach Pasawongse

Coral Type: Branching

Coral species: Acropora sp.

Message: Save the Coral!

Note: We can see the effects of coral bleaching on this line, as the corals appear more pale in the 3 month photograph than when they were first planted. This years' El Nino is causing a rise in sea surface temperature which in turn causes the corals to eject their colourful symbiotic algae. Losing the algal cells means a loss of colour, as well as a loss of an important source of energy. You can see from the 6 month photograph that the colour has returned to the corals, showing that these fragments have recovered. Unfortunately the warming did cause a lot of fragments on this line to die though, hence the big drop in % of fragments alive on the graph. The remaining fragments are growing well, and we hope these bleach resistant colonies will make our reef more resilient in the future! 













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