Coral Restoration February 2014 to April 2015 Report
By Ruben Torresn Torres - Project Leader
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During this period (February 2014 to April 2015), a total of US$1,040 were received via the Global Giving website from twenty donations, one of them recurring many thanks for the continued support, and special thanks to recurring donors (thank you again Laura). All your donations and giving this coral species a chance.
We have continued to update and create new campains for our Adopt-a-Coral Program, for this period, new campaigns were added such as Valentine’s Day, DR Independence Day (Feb 27th), and Semana Santa (Easter Week), creating more traffic into our new website and fundraising that way too. See related images as part of this report.
We also secured funding from Tropigas Foundation, a NGO part of the Marti Group, they will be supporting the installation of 6 new nurseries all over Dominican Republic, which will result in more corals to adopt, so tell your family and friends.
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Mar 12, 2015
Coral Restoration November 2014 to January 2015
By Ruben Torres - Project Leader
During this period (November 2014 to January 2015), a total of US$1,838 were received via the Global Giving website from twenty donations, 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.
We have a new website up and running for our adopt-a-coral program (adoptauncoralrd.org), and we develop a few campaigns for different special occasion and seasons (Christmas, birthdays, etc) to offer the public as a way to create coral adoption opportunities.
Which such a support this period, we were able to purchase more material to expand our coral nursery in La Caleta Marine Protected Area. Which will be happening in the next reporting period.
We are also starting to produce a draft manual on coral restoration from our local efforts, we expect to complete this by the next reporting period.
During this period (August to October 2014), a total of US$870.18 were received via the GlobalGiving website from eleven 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.
Two monitoring trip was conducted to las Galeras and Palmar de Ocoa nurseries 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.
A new coral nursery was installed in the town of Montecristi, NW Dominican Republic. In collaboration of Galleon Divers, which are doing great conservation and awareness work locally, aside from exploring the many ancient wrecks found in that area, very cool stuf. All three types of nurseries were installed here, to better estimate the best one in the near future and concentrate on that given local conditions for faster coral growth. Also, a talk was given to more that 150 high school student at San Miguel Public School there, they were very excited to have a coral nursery nearby which they can use for school projects, and to restore that coral species in the future.
More concrete coral nurseries were installed in La Caleta Marine Park in collaboration with ERM foundation from Germany. By now, all experimental phase of these structures is complete, and we can move on to using these to protect beaches from erosion, while also creating new snorkeling experiences nearshore.
At the office, we have been working hard to build a new website for our adopt-a-coral program (adoptauncoralrd.org), we plan to offer coral adoption as a Christmas present in the upcoming holidays, share that link to all your contacts!