Sep 7, 2017

Coral Restoration February to April 2017 Report

Staff and Volunteer working on Bayahibe nursery
Staff and Volunteer working on Bayahibe nursery

During this period (May to July 2017), a total of US$748.29 (via the Global Giving website from 16 donations, eight of them recurring, many thanks for the continued support). All your donations and giving this coral species a chance.

Coral nursery activities conducted during this period include:

Nursery Location: Bayahibe

Last Monitoring Visit: July 2nd

Status: 4 ladder-style rope nurseries were installed last July, in replacement of the previous nursery on site that was destroyed by a storm on January. Fragments still alive from the previous nursery were attached to the new ropes and are growing healthy. 

Nursery Location: Las Galeras

Last Monitoring Visit: July 16th

Status: A. cervicornis colonies are growing at a steady rate on the frame nurseries at Las Galeras. Good water flow and constant presence from the local Dive Center is vital to this end. A single A. palmata colony is the only successful one from a PVC frame also installed on site.

 Nursery Location: Montecristi

Last Monitoring Visit: July

Status: Our partners in Montecristi inform us that stronger than usual currents and weather systems have destroyed the Montecristi coral nursery, both rope and frame structures. It is unclear if live colonies remain and a visit will be realized as soon as weather conditions allow recovering surviving fragments and rebuilding.

Coral fragments recently placed on rope nursery
Coral fragments recently placed on rope nursery
Jun 8, 2017

Coral Restoration February to April 2017 Report

coral fragment in luperon
coral fragment in luperon
  • During this period (February to April 2017), a total of US$1,288.26 (via the Global Giving website from 21 donations, eight of them recurring, many thanks for the continued support). All your donations and giving this coral species a chance.
  • A new coral nursery was installed in Luperón Bay, an enclosed mangrove bay in the North coast of Dominican Republic. This was conducted by combining efforts of Tropigas Foundation, whom have supported RCDR coral nursery program for about 8 years now. Coral fragments for this new coral nursery were brought from Sosua Bay, with help from biologist Manuel Rodriguez of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources.
  • During February, we conducted a strong effort to restore La Caleta coral nursery, as it was damaged during storm Mathew in late 2016, a total of 24 new coral nursery frames were installed. DP Caucedo sponsored most of the work, which also included the installation of an underwater museum, consisting on statues replicating Taino Gods, and also 4 buoys that indicate an open water swim circuit in La Caleta, where lots of swimmers and triathletes go train every weekend.
coral fragment in luperon
coral fragment in luperon
newly settled fish in la caleta coral nursery
newly settled fish in la caleta coral nursery

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Mar 10, 2017

November 2016 to January 2017 Report

  • During this period (November 2016 to January 2017), a total of US$5,195 (via the GlobalGiving website from 42 donations, eight of them recurring, many thanks for the continued support). All your donations and giving this coral species a chance.
  • Coral reef nursery maintenance was conducted in our Palmar de Ocoa (S DR) location. Our trained staff there was in charge of the maintenance, the Ocoa Bay has some very fine sediments in the bottom, and metal frame nurseries that are touching the bottom, are not doing good, so we will inly keep corals in rope nurseries, that hang in the water column away from sediments in the bottom.
  • During Christmas, we had a very successful adopt-a-coral campaign in social media, in which we were able to raise much-needed funds, that will be used towards rebuilding the la caleta marine park coral nursery, destroyed by passing of storm Mathew.
  • The port company DP World Caucedo, adopted 75 corals for their premium clients as a Christmas gift, both the company and clients were very happy about this way of giving, as the funds raised will have a much longer effect on their lives and in our oceans, Thanks DP world Caucedo!

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