Biodiversity Eco Resort starts Coral Nursery
Many things have happened during the last month and we are very happy to share the news with you. First of, we have two new members in our team, Sadam, a dive guide from Bunaken with eagle eyes to spot even the tiniest pygmy seahorses, and Liko, our new instructor and marine biologist. The latter will be in charge of the dive school and has already started developing our reef conservation project, in which we would very much like to get our guests involved in future.
As a first step, the team has installed a coral nursery in our house reef. There are many types of nurseries and ours goes by the beautiful name of “x-mas tree coral nursery”.
The purpose of coral nurseries is the rescue and propagation of coral fragments for later reattachment in the reef itself, or on artificial structures. As the name suggests, nurseries provide a more favourable and somewhat protected environment to the coral fragments, in order to grow them larger and stronger before the actual replacement, providing them with a bit of a head start.
Additionally, survival rates of naturally broken off coral fragments are higher in nurseries than in their natural environment, because they are designed to decrease adversing effects, such as e.g. sedimentation, but increase beneficial effects such as e.g. fresh water supply (current). X-mas tree nurseries provide these advantages in a simple and affordable design. At this point in time our coral nursery has a capacity of 186 fragments.
During the next months, we will further develop our course curriculum and install a range of different types of artificial reefs. The coral nursery is just the start, so stay tuned, it’s getting exciting