Reef Rescue Network Outplants 250 Corals
With low ocean temperatures, it’s the perfect time of year to be outplanting corals and last weekend, Saturday 6th January 2018, the Reef Rescue Network collaborated with Stuart Cove’s Dive Bahamas to begin the process of outplanting corals from one of the most successful coral nurseries in The Bahamas, The Bond Nursery.
The Bond Nursery site is located off the southwest shore of New Providence and is growing predominantly Staghorn Coral (Acropora cervicornis). This nursery has a stand of 17 trees currently growing 850 fragments.
With so many pieces, it will take a few trips to outplant, however, the Reef Rescue Network and their team of volunteers were able to outplant 250 fragments onto the Bond Reef. The Bond Reef is well-known by divers that frequent the area and was unfortunately very badly damaged during Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and is in need of rehabilitation. These corals will be a welcome habitat to the fish and marine life in this area and even more so once they grow and expand. The Reef Rescue Network and their volunteers will continue to monitor the site and collect valuable data on the progress of the newly planted corals.
A big thank you to Stuart Cove’s Dive Bahamas who donated one of their boats and 5 trained coral nursery staff to assist with the outplanting. Another big thank you to all of the other volunteers including BREEF and The Royal Bahamas Defense Force who braved the cooler waters but kept smiling throughout! The event was organized by Reef Rescue Network Coordinator Hayley-Jo Carr & Stuart Cove’s Dive Bahamas.
Stuart Cove’s Dive Bahamas has one of the biggest nurseries within our network and has been replenishing reefs in the area for the last four years. The remaining fragments will be outplanted at different locations where needed and we will keep you updated on our the progress.
If you would like to become a certified PADI Reef Rescue Diver and assist with coral maintenance and outplanting email Hayley.Carr@perryinstitute.org for participating network dive shops.