06 January, 2016

104

Coral Line by: Chelsea & Sean Blink

Coral Type: Bushy

Coral species: Acropora sp.

Message: 'A Very Beautiful Fish'

Whilst the survival of this line has been relatively poor, it is important data for us to be able to see which coral species are suitable for this sort of reef restoration project. It is likely that the very warm water temperature at the time of planting this line induced additional stress to the corals and the species was not resilient enough to recover. At 3 months we can see the bleached state showing signs of stress. Since the temperature has decreased to normal levels, the remaining fragments are growing extremely well, and have regained their colour! This will be transplanted to the reef soon! 

















103

Coral Line by: Nira, Jake & Jeremy

Coral Type: Branching

Coral species: Acropora sp.













102

Coral Line by: The Yamagishi Family

Coral Type: Branching

Coral species: Acropora sp.

Message: For Kantaro


















101

Coral Line by: The Yamagishi Family

Coral Type: Branching

Coral species: Acropora sp.

Message: For Ryutaro

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. You will notice that '% of Fragments Alive' dropped significantly at the 6 month mark and that mortality was as a direct result of the warm water in April/May this year. At 12 months, we see a steady survival rate and some growth - a good sign! It is now time to transplant this line to the reef!













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