Emergency Response to Mass Coral Bleaching

by Corals for Conservation
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Emergency Response to Mass Coral Bleaching
Emergency Response to Mass Coral Bleaching
Emergency Response to Mass Coral Bleaching
Emergency Response to Mass Coral Bleaching
Emergency Response to Mass Coral Bleaching
Emergency Response to Mass Coral Bleaching
Emergency Response to Mass Coral Bleaching
Emergency Response to Mass Coral Bleaching
Emergency Response to Mass Coral Bleaching
Apr 25, 2023

Our Resilient Blue Planet: Science & Nature Unite

Austin helping Coral Gardeners in French Polynesia
Austin helping Coral Gardeners in French Polynesia
Earth Day has just been celebrated, and more grassroots organizations are now established on our favorite planet than ever before.  It's taken all of us who believe that science and nature and community action can bring about positive change.  The oceans and their precious reefs have a chance at survival because from the indigenous fishermen to the committed government officials, people around the globe are bonding and devoting their lives and resources to spare coral reefs from extinction.  Anything less than a goal of restoring ecological diversity is unthinkable.  The consequences of dying coral reefs would be a human disaster on a scale unimaginable.
Here's where Corals for Conservation has been, and here's where Corals for Conservation is going.
I am working on a plan to upscale all the lessons learned regionally, with a plan to save the coral reefs of each nation.  Each plan will be tailored to the present conditions and challenges and threats, and look towards the future.  On this, Kiribati is the most challenging, as they need restoration of locally extinct coral species, atoll by atoll, as their reefs are the most impacted, but if we can succeed there, we can succeed everywhere! 
Tuvalu has the least impacted coral reefs, and so they need to focus on moving corals out of hot pocket reef areas into cooler reefs, as they are the only nation without any major coral bleaching thus far, so the pre-adapted corals still survive!   Samoa, Fiji, Vanuatu, and New Caledonia, all need to secure their now declining species by creating gene bank nurseries and patches of reproductive corals, as well as focusing on COTS (Crown of Thorns Starfish) removal. 
French Polynesia needs to focus on restoring locally endangered Acropora corals to reefs where they formerly dominated, and which are now dominated by two species of cauliflower corals- Pocillopora.  Parrotfish there eat up the Acropora corals, and so the pass areas with abundant sharks (which chase away the parrotfish), need to be the focus initially.  
Our role needs to be that of providing workable solutions and a unified vision-  a way out of the current inaction- to save coral reefs from the imminent death they face, with the horrific impacts to our region.  
I am reminded of the great impact we have already had on the region when  community-based no-fishing sites were established in Cuvu as a partnership with the Shangri-La resort back in 2000.  That project resulted in five no-take Tabu areas, which were the first to be started on reefs in 80-100 years. This caused a transformation in thinking, a new vision, which spread throughout the country, with over 300 locally managed areas in Fiji by 2020, when COVID hit.  The movement also spread to Samoa and Vanuatu and all over. 
Now we have coral-focused adaptation strategies which can add resilience and functionality to these same tabu areas, which otherwise face the death of their coral populations.  This will put the local communities in the forefront of saving the planet's coral reefs from climate change, with positive impacts on food security and marine biodiversity.  "Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth."
I'm heading back to Leleuvia today with the new camera (these German Rollei Go-pro clones are only $150. USD!)   This is to record the interesting preliminary results of experiments to use simple methods to get super algae into bleached corals!  
Vinaka with Warm Regards,

Hearty Fijian dish for divers
Hearty Fijian dish for divers
Divers beside palm in paradise
Divers beside palm in paradise
International Corals Workshop in 2019
International Corals Workshop in 2019
Austin descends to reef table
Austin descends to reef table


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