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Protect endangered coral by raising it yourself

Have you ever wondered if it’s possible to successfully raise coral and then “release” it into the wild? We just found out about a project that seeks to protect coral reefs by doing just that. Recently a good friend of ours, Jenette Settle, sent us a link to her friend Joanie Kleypas’ web page Raising Coral. In Jenette’s words:

protect coral reefs

“Joanie has been funding her own coral research for a long time. She won the Heinz award and with that money she started a full-on coral regeneration program. She has been regenerating coral for two years now in Costa Rica and making progress — her coral is growing!”

She works with a small team of scientists; their goal is to eventually scale their program up to speed up reef recovery. Their short term goal is to spend one more year on experimental research before they jump in with both feet, and for this they are seeking more funding.

We find this project inspiring and exciting, and hope you will join us in contributing to this worthy project. There is a link on their site to donate.

4 comments

  1. j'net says:

    Lucy,
    Thanks for mentioning this project in your blog. If Joanie is successful, maybe her work will reverse the prediction of the climate scientists who predict that up to 80-90% of the coral reefs will be dead in 20-30 years. How sad.
    The coral reefs off the beaches of Slickrock Adventures are some of the most beautiful!!! Let’s keep ’em around!
    Again, thank you!
    jenette

  2. Thanks, Lucy, for your wonderful blog about our underwater coral nurseries. I send a double thanks to you for the care you generate –
    through your blog – for our beautiful blue planet. Like Jenette, I’m hopeful that we can turn things around for coral reefs, and your work to put people in touch with nature is a powerful piece of that. As Jacques Cousteau famously said: “People protect what they love.”

  3. Delicia Ambrosino says:

    Bleaching has become sooo predominant and all because the temperatures increase by the smallest amounts. People just don’t get that our ecosystem is delicate…or even that WE are delicate. So, Global Warming needs to be addressed as well. I am ashamed that the USA isn’t participating in doing whatever it can to halt the emissions of greenhouse gases. I am ashamed that the american people do NOT do their part as well. If I could I’d raise endangered corals in my home. My problem would be one fold however- finances to get it off to a good healthy start. I am so sick at heart at what we have done or what we don’t do and our only home pays the price. If our oceans go you can bet a lot of us will too and watch that horrific chain reaction. People won’t be able to get buried fast enough. Think I’m kidding? We are dependent upon our oceans for everything. As Dr. Sylvia Earle said {I hope I get this right}-“If there is no blue, there will be no green. If there is no green, there will be no us”. It isn’t just up to our governments. We need to get up off our lazy butts and take action and /or use the voice that the Powers that Be gave us.

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