Reef Check Dominican Republic

Protection and Conservation of Coral Reefs in the Dominican Republic, using marine protected areas as a tool to ensure sustainability of natural resources, and supporting the livelihoods of local communities
Jun 24, 2014

Coral Restoration February - April '14 Report

Coral fragments growing at la caleta coral nursery
Coral fragments growing at la caleta coral nursery

 

  • During this period (November 2013 to January 2014), a total of US$335 were received via the Global Giving website from seven donor, many thanks for the continued support, and special thanks to recurring donors. All your donations and giving this coral species a chance.
  • One monitoring trip was conducted in La Caleta Marine Park nursery to check on the conditions of coral fragments collected so far. Most of coral colonies in la Caleta coral nursery are doing great, growing very fast, which enable us to create more new colonies.
  • During that trip, a new cement structure was placed near the other coral nurseries, expanding even more, and experimenting with this new tool that could be used to help reduce beach erosion and to restore damaged reefs. This work is being done with the collaboration of ERM from Germany.
  • Coral fragments transplanted to the natural reef are doing good, there is some mortality related to algae growth near the base of the colonies, but the tips are growing away from the bottom and algae, they will soon be becoming part of a healthy reef in La Caleta Marine Park.
  • See pictures from this reporting period.
New cement coral nursery being installed
New cement coral nursery being installed
Coral transplanted to natural reef growing well
Coral transplanted to natural reef growing well
coral fragments growing well on cement structures
coral fragments growing well on cement structures

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Feb 14, 2014

Coral Restoration Nov '13 - January '14 Report

Volunteers giving regular maintenance to nursery
Volunteers giving regular maintenance to nursery

• During this period (November 2013 to January 2014), a total of US$340 were received via the Global Giving website from seven donor, many thanks for the continued support, and special thanks to recurring donors. All your donations and giving this coral species a chance.

• Three monitoring trips were conducted in La Caleta Marine Park nursery to check on the conditions of coral fragments collected so far. Most of coral colonies in la Caleta coral nursery were able to recover from signs of bleaching, and only one died. Another impact found was an algae bloom around November that could have resulted in some mortality, but during 2 of the monitoring trips volunteers were able to remove most of the algae, and also got helped from decorator crabs that started colonizing the nursery in search for the abundant food supply. After the end of this period all algae had vanished.

• Funds obtained from Tropigas Foundation were used to install a new nursery in Las Galeras, Samaná (NE Dom Rep). Our volunteers were able to collect coral fragments from the area and were placed in the newly establish coral nursery. See pictures from that process.

• At the end of this period, we were able to transplant to natural reef some of fragments of coral colonies that have grown enough in the nursery, so, for those who have adopted corals in this project, know now that your corals are becoming part of a healthy reef in La Caleta Marine Park. This closes the loop of the coral nursery process. This is very good news, and we will continue with the transplantation process during the following period, so we need your continued support to allow this.

• See pictures from this reporting period.

Algal Bloom in november
Algal Bloom in november
Coral nursery recovered from algal bloom
Coral nursery recovered from algal bloom
Volunteers instelling a coral nursery in galeras
Volunteers instelling a coral nursery in galeras
Coral colony with bleaching, eventually died
Coral colony with bleaching, eventually died
Coral fragment transplanted to natural reef
Coral fragment transplanted to natural reef
Nov 13, 2013

Coral Reef Restoration July-October 2013 Report

 

  • During this period (August to October 2013), a total of US$430 were received via the Global Giving website from a recurring donor, many thanks for the continued support, and special thanks to recurring donors. All your donations and giving this coral species a chance.

 

  • Two monitoring trips were conducted in La Caleta Marine Park nursery to check on the conditions of coral fragments collected so far. During the summer months, when water gets warmer, coral colonies tend to bleach, or loose the symbiotic microscopic algae that live within the coral tissue (known as zooxantellae). When this happens, coral turns to look white, given that corals are transparent organisms, and the algae is that provides color to coral, but also about 90% of the corals diet via photosynthesis. So when they turn white (bleach), is also means that they can starve to death if water temperature does not come down quickly and they get the algae back. One colony in La Caleta coral nursery is starting to look pale, which is the initial sign of bleaching, we will keep an eye on this one, there is not much what we can do but reverse climate change.

 

  • During this period we also sign an agreement with Tropigas Foundation, from propane Distribution Company that wants to help save this planet and pitch in with local conservation efforts. These funds will be used to establish four new coral nurseries in different locations of DR, this will help us to have replicate nurseries and distribute any chance of damage due to storms etc (if we loose the entire coral nursery in la caleta, we would have replicate colonies in another undamaged site). The first nursery was built and installed in Palmar de Ocoa, a calm bay south west of Bani. We were able to install 2 metal frames and 2 rope nurseries, with over 80 coral fragments replicates from several locations of DR.

 

  • Also, we signed an agreement with ERM Foundation (erm.com) to develop a new type of structure to build  artificial reefs, combining tools to control coastal erosion, and to develop transplant sites for cultivated corals.

 

  • See pictures from this reporting period.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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