Archives for October 2018

2018 CORAL Summit

Each year the Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL) hosts our annual CORAL Conservation Prize Event, where we honor a coral reef conservation leader working to save coral reefs. This time of year is special to CORAL, as staff from Hawai'i, Honduras, Indonesia and Fiji are flown to our headquarters in Oakland, California to celebrate the Prize winner and participate in our annual staff retreat, CORAL Summit. This year’s Summit focused on developing the potential of the organization to fulfill our mission to save coral reefs. Staff enjoyed detailed storytelling from each regional site, team building exercises, a trip to the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito and evenings by the bonfire. We look forward to seeing how our organization grows and further accomplishes our mission. … [Read more...]

Approaches to Coral Reef Conservation

Over the past few years, there’s been a steady increase and interest in a number of coral conservation activities that fall into the broad category of restoration. These include coral gardening, breeding corals in tanks and transplanting them onto reefs and growing corals on artificial reef structures in the water. At the Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL), we frequently get asked questions about restoration activities, so we thought we’d take a moment to explain some of the more common techniques, their potential benefits and disadvantages, and how CORAL is approaching restoration. One of the most common approaches to restoration is to place artificial reef structures on the ocean floor on which corals can grow. In some cases—for example, when natural reefs have been bombed for fish or mined for building materials—this approach may be an essential tool for rebuilding reefs. This is the case in several locations in North Bali, Indonesia, … [Read more...]