30 March, 2016

118

Coral Line by: Francine Fobe

Coral Type: Branching

Coral species: Acropora sp.

Message: To Francine, from Mauro and Stephanie

Notes: Unfortunately due to this year's El nino event many of our coral lines have been affected by coral bleaching and many coral fragments have died as a result. For this line, the effects of the warm water were severe and resulted in 90% of fragments dying which is why survival shows only 10% . Whilst this is not good news, this data is still really important for our research. We can see the living fragments continuing to thrive and grow at 6 months and 9 months. We hope these bleach resistant corals remaining will make our reef more resilient in the future. 
















117

Coral Line by: Martin & Susan Owen

Coral Type: Branching

Coral species: Acropora sp.


Note: We can see a dramatic die off at the 3 month monitoring period. This was caused by the El Nino event in April/May of 2016. El Nino caused a rise in sea surface temperature which is damaging to corals. Our house reef experienced 80% mortality, as did most reefs around the country. The Coral Lines Project lost approximately 30% of corals during this time, and we hope the surviving ones (of which there are more in our nursery than on the coral reef at the moment) can be used to re establish a healthy coral community on our house reef.  The surviving corals on this line have continued to grow since the El Nino event, and we hope they continue in the future. To learn more, visit our bleaching page here 

















23 March, 2016

116

Coral Line by: Walter Meyer & Julia Voigt

Coral Type: Branching

Coral species: Acropora sp.

Message: The distance between dreams and reality is called action

Notes: Unfortunately this entire line was killed during the El Nino event in May 2016, which is why we see no growth increase and 0% survival at 3 months and onwards. To learn more about the El Nino and it’s effects, see http://lines.lankanfushi.com/p/coral-lines.html. For more information, please feel free to email the project manager at deborah.burn@gili-lankanfushi.com



















115

Coral Line by: Gili Lankanfushi

Coral Type: Branching

Coral species: Acropora sp.

Message: For Earth Hour, 19th March 2016

Note: Another line badly affected by the 2016 El Nino event, which caused an increase in temperature and damaged a large number of wild and nursery corals. The remaining frags are growing well and we hope that these bleach resistant fragments will make our reef more resilient in the future! 




















16 March, 2016

114

Coral Line by: Shon & Cindy Barnett

Coral Type: Bushy

Coral species: Acropora sp.

Note: Following April 2016's El Nino event, many corals bleached and died. Unfortunately this line was hit quite hard, but the remaining fragments are now growing well. These fragment were somehow resistant to the warming event, and we hope they will help to make our reef more resilient in the future! 


















01 March, 2016

113

Coral Line by: The Foxes

Coral Type: Digitate

Coral species: Acropora humilis

Note: You will notice no bars at the 3 month mark on the below graph. This is because, unfortunately, this line did not survive. The cause of mortality was the 2016 El Nino event which caused a rise in sea surface temperatures in April and May. The corals are sensitive to any change in conditions, and unfortunately nit was too much for the frags on this line. The majority of small frags that were recently planted suffered the same, whilst some of the bigger, older lines surived. To learn more about the El Nino's effects on the reef, head to our bleaching page, stay tuned for a full update on nursery survival, or email the project manager at deborah.burn@gili-lankanfushi.com












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