Coral Restoration mentioned in Caribbean Journal
Bonaire’s Coral Restoration Project was featured in the January 5th edition of Caribbean Journal. This article is a direct result of our ongoing relationship with Editor Alex Britell, and his press visit to Bonaire in January 2012.
Entitled "The Caribbean Island Is Growing New Coral Reefs. Here's How", the article discusses Bonaire's Coral Restoration efforts through its Coral Restoration Foundation, and the 5th coral nursery that was installed with five new coral trees placed at shallow depths in front of Harbour Village Beach Club Bonaire. The article is accompanied by photos of the newest nursery. The article reads:
“The threats facing coral reefs in the Caribbean are not new — neither is the reality of their dwindling numbers. But one island is doing something to save them: by growing new coral.
Through its Coral Restoration Foundation, Bonaire has been growing new reefs by planting more than 3,000 corals in five different restoration sites across the island. And last month, the foundation installed a fifth coral nursery, with five new coral trees placed at shallow depths in front of the Harbour Village resort. The new nursery has the capacity of producing approximately 500 Staghorn and Elkhorn corals on a yearly basis. Newly harvest corals from the nursery will then be transplanted to the degraded parts of the reefs on Bonaire.
It’s a small but strong step toward what could become a far larger movement in the Caribbean.”
With a monthly readership of 195.000, we are happy that the Caribbean Journal picked up on our efforts and we hope to inspire other Caribbean destinations in the to start making the same contributions to preserve our oceans.