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BALI HOSTS A CORAL REEF RESTORATION WORKSHOP to scale-up coral restoration efforts globally! A unique, multi-disciplinary coalition of attendees (above) reviewed the Mars, Inc. coral reef rehabilitation system “spider reef” (bottom left), with CRC members and Working Group Chairs present to promote connection points and build our community of practice (bottom right). Photo credit: Kate Janetski (“Attendees”) & Phanor Montoya Maya.

 


Greetings Coral Restoration Consortium!

 

Abstracts and scholarship applications are under review for Reef Futures 2018: Coral Restoration and Intervention-Science Symposium! Presenters and scholarship applicants will be notified in time for the Early Bird Registration deadline (September 30). This is also the last day to book accommodations at the Ocean Reef Club at a discounted rate. We are expected to sell out of hotel rooms at ORC, so book early if possible.  If you have an important or late breaking topic - please contact us directly at coral.restoration@noaa.gov. If you have not submitted an abstract but would like to participate, we encourage your attendance! We expect to have a draft agenda by early October, and at this time we will be publishing opportunities to sign-up for side-meetings, workshops, site visits, special events, transportation, and all sessions on reeffutures2018.com.

 

Save the Date! Following the formal program schedule for Reef Futures 2018, Mote will be offering a hands-on Coral Restoration Workshop December 15-18, 2018. This workshop will be sponsored by Schmidt Marine Technology Partners and held at Mote Marine Lab International Center for Coral Reef Research and Restoration in Summerland Key, Florida. Scholarships (tuition, housing, and meals) will be awarded to twenty qualified students, scientists, and practitioners to learn techniques for cutting edge coral “micro-fragmentation, sexual larval settlement and survival in land and field-based nursery systems, and proper monitoring of field out-plantings”. For more information, please contact Dave Vaughn (dvaughan@mote.org).  Stay tuned for more information in next month’s newsletter!

 

Celebrating 25 Years of Coral Reef Restoration - At Reef Futures 2018 we want to celebrate the people, places, and hard work that got coral reef restoration to where is today with a short video history.   We all have a place in that history, and we invite you to consider sharing video or photos to include. The more you can share, the better! It could be your first coral in a nursery, your old boat, a random new design, your smiling faces, or just another day of hard work. We want to include efforts from decades ago as well as items from last week. This is your chance to brag! If you are inclined to share, please contact Alex Neufeld (alex@coralrestoration.org) for further instructions.

 

The CRC has a new Instagram page! Please tag the CRC in your posts, and stay tuned for restoration photos from around the world! #CoralRestorationConsortium #ReefFutures2018

RESTORATION OF THE MONTH:
Dominican Republic - Dominican Foundation for Marine Studies (FUNDEMAR)

  • FUNDEMAR is the first and only organization in the Dominican Republic implementing sexual reproduction techniques for reef restoration using various coral species, including A. cervicornis and D. labyrinthiformis. 

  • The organization has grown corals in their nurseries to transplant over 800 fragments per year and restore 3 km of A. cervicornis thickets since 2011!

  • By the end of 2018, they will expand efforts with assisted fertilization to increase the genetic diversity and resilience of corals to their changing environment, in collaboration with local and international organizations.

  • Check FUNDEMAR'S Facebook & Instagram for spawning pics & videos!

Grooved Brain Coral (Diploria labyrinthiformis) spawning in Bayahibe, Dominican Republic, May 2018. Photo credit: Julie Piron.

Upcoming CRC Working Group Calls - All are welcome to join the stakeholder group and calls. If you want to get more involved and join the core group - please contact coral.restoration@noaa.gov.
 

Restoration Genetics - Thursday, Sep. 6th at 2pm (EDT)

Scaling-Up Land Based Propagation - Thursday, Sep. 13th at 2pm (EDT)

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A team of Florida Aquarium scientists and divers returned from a mission to save coral reefs in the Florida Keys. The team collected 150,000 coral gametes during the August spawning event. Photo credit: Florida Aquarium.
The Coral Restoration Foundation™ (CRF) is building a massive Caribbean coral gene bank along the coasts of southern Florida, which holds 303 coral genotypes across 10 species including the massive, reef-building species of Orbicella. Photo credit: CRF.

 

The U.S. National Academies of Sciences Expert Panel on Interventions to Increase the Resilience of Coral Reefs held their 3rd public meeting to evaluate risks and benefits of ecological, genetic, and environmental interventions to increase the long-term persistence of coral reefs in environmentally degraded scenarios. Talks can be found HERE.

RELATED NEWS:

Australian group Reef Design Labs submerged a 3D-printed ceramic reef in the Maldives to aid coral regeneration efforts. These Modular Artificial Reef Structures (MARS) enable the user to build and install an adjustable structure by hand rather than barge or crane. 
Force Blue veterans are fighting a new war. This time against attacks on south Florida’s coral reefs. These special operations veterans have re-purposed their military skills for restoration work. Check out The Story of FORCE BLUE. #oneteamonefight Photo credit: Force Blue.
Animal Collective & Coral Morphologic release audio-visual album to celebrate IYOR! This art-science duo is studying a population of resilient ‘super corals’ on the submerged urban edge of Miami Beach, Florida (USA). The full version can be seen on the Animal Collective website here!
The Great Barrier Reef Foundation’s Reef Trust Partnership progresses. The foundation has raised over $90 million over the last 18 years for reef science and projects to improve water quality, harness science to implement reef restoration and support resilience and adaptation, expand the fight against crown-of-thorns starfish, report and monitor reef health, and engage the local community.

FUNDING & DONATION OPPORTUNITIES:

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • Chief Operations Officer (COO): Coral Restoration Foundation (CRF) is seeking a COO to be a member of the executive management team. This position is based in Key Largo, Florida, USA, and requires a comprehensive, holistic, and progressive understanding of the field of marine conservation.

  • USVI Coral Manager (Position #46782): The Nature Conservancy is recruiting a Coral Manager to join our team in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. The USVI Coral Manager provides technical expertise to TNC staff and external partners related to coral reef ecosystems conservation and restoration in the USVI & Caribbean Division. 

  • Postdoc fellowships are available in the Madin Labs at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology for: 1) Applying emerging technologies to understand human impacts on coral reefs and 2) Quantitative coral reef ecology & biomechanics. Applications due 20 October, 2018.

  • NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program has three federal positions open: one position each in NOS, OAR, and NESDIS on the Strategic Evaluation and Assessment (SEA) team for CRCP. Application deadline September 6, 2018. Job Announcement MAP and DE/CR.

Upcoming Meetings & Webinars:

AUGUST 2018 MEDIA ROUNDUP

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