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
Sep 16, 2014

Coral Restoration May to July 2014Report

Cora fragment at the Bayahibe nursery
Cora fragment at the Bayahibe nursery
  • During this period (M ay to July 2014), a total of US$265 were received via the Global Giving website from eight donors, one of them recurring many thanks for the continued support, and special thanks to recurring donors (thank you Laura). All your donations and giving this coral species a chance.
  • One monitoring trip was conducted in las Galeras nursery to check on the conditions of coral fragments collected so far. Most of coral colonies there are doing great, growing very fast, which enable us to create more new colonies.
  • One monitoring trip was conducted in Juancho nursery to check on the conditions of coral fragments collected so far. Most of coral colonies there are doing great, growing very fast, which enable us to create more new colonies. During this trip, we started coordinating the construction of a new coral nursery for A. palmatta corals, and making the arrangements to do a workshop for community members about coral reef conservation and coral nursery techniques, so they can use the existing nursery as a tool to attract visitors to the area and show them what the community is doing to conserve corals.
  • A new donor will be supporting the Juancho coral nursery, they are EGE Haina, a electricity generating company, that established the first wind mills in the Cocos-Juancho area, making them a model to create energy on a large scale using the wind.
  • A new coral nursery was established in Bayahibe, in coordination with Coral Point Divers. This one was made out of rope given previous growth rates success in that same area from existing coral nurseries managed by FUNDEMAR.
  • See pictures from this reporting period.
Coral fragment at las Galeras nursery
Coral fragment at las Galeras nursery
Galeras Diver Serge cleaning and measuring corals
Galeras Diver Serge cleaning and measuring corals
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
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