20 January, 2016

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Coral Line by: John & Kasra

Coral Type: Branching

Coral species: Acropora sp.

Message: Eden For Your World

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. Many of the corals underwent similar levels of mortality during the high temperatures of April/May El Nino in 2016. 

At one year, we can see the remaining living fragments have grown really well! The small fragments we planted have doubled in diameter and have created lovely spherical corals. They will be transplanted to the reef  in the next few months!
















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Coral Line by: John & Kasra

Coral Type: Branching

Coral species: Acropora sp.

Message: Kurt Kroeger's Coral Garden

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. Note the pale colour of the corals in the 3 month photograph. This was coral bleaching induced by the 2016 El Nino. To learn more, see our bleaching page. 

At one year, we are delighted to report the remaining frags are growing so well! The colonies that we have grown will be transplanted to the reef in the next few months, hopefully making our reef more resilient in the future! 
















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Coral Line by: Sally Bolt

Coral Type: Bushy

Coral species: Acropora sp.


Note: We can see a dramatic decrease in survival at the 6 month mark. This was caused by the El Nino event in April/May 2016 which caused a rise in sea surface temperature. To learn more, head to our Bleaching page. We can see that since then, the remaining corals have been growing very well! 

At one year, the line is growing so well! The photo angle isn't great since the first few corals died, so I took this shot of some of the corals today!  >> The line will be transplanted to the reef in the next few months!















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