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ATLANTIS BLUE PROJECT FOUNDATION GRANTEES TO
OUT PLANT CORALS TO AREA DESTROYED BY HURRICANE MATTHEW

Supporting Ocean and Marine Initiatives on World Oceans Day

With the help of Atlantis Marine team members, The Bahamas National Trust, The Nature Conservancy, BREEF, Stuart Cove’s and Dr. Craig Dahlgren, Director of the Perry Institute for Marine Science/coral reef scientist, the team harvested 150 pieces of finger coral from one of Atlantis’ two on-property nurseries and 100 pieces of staghorn coral from nurseries established by The Nature Conservancy and managed by Stuart Cove’s.  The corals as 2 inch fragments or cuttings from naturally occurring corals and   placed on lines or tree structures at the nurseries where they were monitored as they grew aerates faster than they normally do on reefs. Once the corals were deemed healthy and large enough, they were placed back on the coral reefs in the ocean through multiple dives to sites that have been degraded by storm damage and human impacts.