During this period (February to April 2018), a total of US$587 (via the GlobalGiving website from 15 donations, six of them recurring, many thanks for the continued support). All your donations and giving this coral species a chance. Activities conducted during this period include:
Nursery Location: Bayahibe
Last Monitoring Visit: July 1st
Next Planned Visit: September 9th
Status: The three rope nurseries continue growing healthy after being reinstalled last march by the staff of Coral Point Diving. After reports from another NGO at the location there is consideration of relocating the nursery to a different area that is less impacted by boat traffic and the effect of storms.
Nursery Location: Palmar de Ocoa
Last Monitoring Visit: June 17th
Next Planned Visit: August 26th
Status: Fragments continue growing successfully on the deeper end of the original rope nurseries and the two new midwater nurseries. These nurseries have not been affected by recent storms and are closely watched by the Garcia-Camps family.
Nursery Location: Las Galeras
Last Monitoring Visit: July 21st
Next Planned Visit: September 23rd
Status: After the frame nurseries were destroyed by unusually late spring storms, an emergency plan was implemented for recovering the greatest amount possible of living coral colonies. Such colonies, some of them around 1m in diameter, were secured to the nearby reef to ensure their survival until the hurricane season has passed and the frames can be rebuilt. This nursery benefits from constant support from the local dive center, Las Galeras Divers.
Nursery Location: Luperón
Last Monitoring Visit: May 20th
Next Planned Visit: Unknown
Status: The nurseries installed at Luperón Bay couldn’t be located on the last visit by our local partners. The nursery is presumed lost by the effect of rough weather and needs to be rebuilt and possibly relocated.
Nursery Location: Pedernales
Last Monitoring Visit: May 27th
Next Planned Visit: ASAP
Status: The two frame nurseries installed last October are still present, but siltation is a problem in the location. Fragment survival has proven to be less than desirable. This problem is in part caused by the local partner’s lack of scuba gear for proper maintenance and the remoteness of the location difficulting maintenance by the RCRD staff.