Jun 12, 2018

Coral Restoration February to April 2018 Report

coral nursery in palmar de ocoa 1
coral nursery in palmar de ocoa 1

 

Coral Restoration February to April 2018 Report

 

During this period (February to April 2018), a total of US$1,086, 21 (via the Global Giving website from 2 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: April 22nd

Next Planned Visit: July 1st

Status: 3 midwater rope nurseries were installed in March after the previous ones were damaged with the winter storms. Most of the fragments could be recovered from the previous nurseries and were attached to the new ropes. This nursery benefits from a close monitoring from the Coral Point Dive Center, who works closely with Reef Check DR.

 

Nursery Location: Palmar de Ocoa

Last Monitoring Visit: April 8th

Next Planned Visit: June 17th

Status: Fragments on the three original rope nurseries and the two new midwater nurseries are growing healthy. Siltation is an issue but not detrimental to the fragments due to close monitoring. Fragments were donated to Grupo Puntacana from this nursery to their own in March.

 

Nursery Location: Las Galeras

Last Monitoring Visit: May 6th

Next Planned Visit: ASAP for reconstruction

Status: After unusually strong storms during the winter and spring, all 7 frame nurseries at Las Galeras were almost destroyed. Prohibition from the Coast Guard to all small boats from going out at sea for most of spring difficulted earlier reports of the damage. Funding is required for rebuilding this important nursery.

 

Nursery Location: Luperón

Last Monitoring Visit: March 11th, May 20th

Next Planned Visit: ASAP

Status: The nurseries installed last year are still present. Monitoring this nursery has proven challenging due to both the remoteness of the site and the usually less-than-ideal water conditions. Our partner on site couldn’t locate the nursery on the most recent visit. A follow-up and possible relocation is required.

 

Nursery Location: Pedernales

Last Monitoring Visit: March 18th

Next Planned Visit: ASAP

Status: The two frame nurseries installed last October are still present and show adequate survival of fragments. Siltation is a problem on this site. The local partner visits the nursery regular swimming from shore, but he lacks scuba gear for a more proper maintenance. A follow-up maintenance visit is required

coral nursery in palmar de ocoa 2
coral nursery in palmar de ocoa 2

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Mar 5, 2018

Coral Restoration Nov '17 to Jan '18 report

elkhorn coral
elkhorn coral

During this period (November 2017 to January 2018), a total of US$3,224.31 (via the Global Giving website from 34 donations, five of them recurring, many thanks for the continued support). All your donations and giving this coral species a chance.

Adopt-a-coral campaign was implemented during Christmas holydays using social media, and private sector companies that adopted corals for their clients.

Coral nursery activities conducted during this period include:

Nursery Location: Palmar de Ocoa

Last Monitoring Visit: November 5th, and January 28th

Status: Fragments still alive and are growing healthy. Some corals have died due to sedimentation.

 

Nursery Location: Las Galeras

Last Monitoring Visit: Pending

Status: Rough sea conditions during the winter months when cold fronts reach DR north coast are frequent, have prevented us to work in this coral nursery.

 

Nursery Location: Montecristi

Last Monitoring Visit: Pending

Status: Rough sea conditions during the winter months when cold fronts reach DR north coast are frequent, have prevented us to work in this coral nursery.

 

Nursery Location: Pedernales

Last Monitoring Visit: January 7th 2018

Status: More corals were installed in this nursery brought from Juancho coastal town, consisting mainly in fragments from Elkhorn corals (Acropora palmatta),

elkhorn coral 2
elkhorn coral 2
elkhorn coral 3
elkhorn coral 3
elkhorn coral 4
elkhorn coral 4
Dec 6, 2017

Coral Restoration August to October 2017 Report

metal frame nursery in pedernales
metal frame nursery in pedernales

During this period (August to October 2017), a total of US$713.27 (via the GlobalGiving website from 14 donations, six 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: Palmar de Ocoa

Last Monitoring Visit: August 27th

Status: 4 ladder-style rope nurseries were installed July 2016, in replacement of the previous nursery on site that was destroyed by a storm on January. Fragments still alive and are growing healthy.

A second visit was conducted on October 20th, to collect coral fragments from this nursery to install in new coral nursery in Pedernales, see below

 

Nursery Location: Luperón

Last Monitoring Visit: September 17th

Status: Coralcolonies are growing on the frame nurseries at this site. Sedimentation one day limited work on the nursery, next day was better and work was completed.

 

Nursery Location: Las Galeras

Last Monitoring Visit: September 24th

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.

 

Nursery Location: Pedernales

Last Monitoring Visit: October 21st

Status: A new coral nursery was installed in this location in SW Dominican Republic consisting of 2 metal frames. This new coral nursery was supported by EGE Haina, a local power company using wind mills in this region. 

 
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