30 March, 2016

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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 

















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