It’s snowing coral babies! Happy Caribbean spawning season. Good luck to the many many folks underwater these days doing amazing science research on the reproductive capabilities of our cnidarian friends. Photo credit: Benjamin Mueller, SECORE Curaçao.

Hello Coral Restoration Consortium!                                  


THANK YOU for submitting over 250 (!) abstracts and applying for scholarships for Reef Futures 2018: Coral Restoration and Intervention-Science Symposium! Presenters and scholarship applicants will be notified by mid September, 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. If you have an important or late breaking topic - please contact us directly at If you have not submitted an abstract but would like to participate, we encourage your attendance! We aim for a  diverse group of fields represented at this event - materials science, environmental engineering, wildlife conservation and natural resource management, environmental policy, communications, and of course coral biology and restoration.

Congratulations to the conveners of the Great Barrier Reef Restoration Symposium  - it was an inspiring and effective meeting! The meeting featured traditional knowledge, cutting edge research on environmental interventions to prevent the effects of bleaching, research on how to discover and manipulate genetic resilience, designs for factory production of corals, producing algae for human consumption to reduce nutrients, talks from the tourism and agricultural sectors, and inspiring speeches from government officials. The Australians are taking a village of approaches to save their treasured natural resource! Amazing. Tali Vardi from NOAA was honored to present a keynote explaining what the CRC is and does and how we can collaborate with the amazing community of reef scientists and managers in Australia. Everyone is excited to work together!  Expect a good number of Aussie accents at the Reef Futures Symposium in December! We will try to keep the coffee up to snuff. 😃

The CRC is expanding on social media. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter! @CoralConsortium #ReefFutures2018.

RESTORATION OF THE MONTH: Broward County, Florida
Nova Southeastern University Coral Nursery Initiative
  • Our restoration efforts and offshore nursery are designed for research to investigate best practices and genotypic diversity among Staghorn coral colonies. Through our efforts, we have grown over 8,000 and outplanted nearly 5,400 corals across 21 restoration sites, and enhanced over 10,000 m2 of coral reefs!

  • Many of our projects are funded by local stakeholders, and outreach includes everything from conferences, presentations, and music festivals to national news!  These efforts have reached hundreds of thousands of people about the state of our reefs and what they can do to help.

  • We are collaborating with  Dr. Joanna Figueiredo’s Marine Larval Ecology and Recruitment Lab, to study the effects of sedimentation and ocean warming on baby corals. This research will help us learn how to improve growth and survival of juvenile corals in our offshore nursery.  

  • Follow @NSUcoralnursery and Facebook!

  • Look out next month as we feature coral restoration from the Dominican Republic!

Nova Southeastern University diver collecting data on one of their coral trees used to raise Acropora cervicornis, Staghorn Coral. NSU's coral nursery is managed by Dr. David S. Gilliam, Grace Hanson, and the Coral Reef Restoration, Assessment, and Monitoring Lab. Photo credit: NSU CRRAM Lab.

CRC Working Group Updates (All are welcome to join the stakeholder group and calls. If you want to get more involved and join the core group - please contact

Restoration Genetics - Working on multiple papers with guidance from the Royal Academy of Science. The first paper identifies bio-markers and methods to translate the best available science according to regional priorities. The second will be a “Genetic Toolbox” paper to explain basic genotyping methods and will serve as a reference document for future efforts.

Scaling-Up Land Based Propagation - Working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to standardize the Health Assessment Protocol for reintroducing land-based corals to the wild on a larger scale. Working with SECORE to develop a draft conservation action for Caribbean Acroporids in September, then working to add other species. Developing best management practices (BMPs) for an archive/ bank to deposit genotypes into land-based nurseries in response to the Florida coral disease event. Collaborating with Larval WG on a Paul Allen Foundation-funded Assisted Gene Flow project. The goal is to cross Acropora palmata cryopreserved sperm from Florida with fresh eggs from Curaçao, then larvae will be transported to Florida Aquarium and Mote Marine Lab to settle and grow.

Scaling-Up Field Based Propagation - WG Chairs attended a Coral Disease Workshop held in Key Largo, FL, earlier this month. This was a collaborative effort among the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), FWC, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), as well as other restoration researchers and practitioners to discuss restoration and management options in light of the coral disease epidemic. Tools and techniques to expand upon included gene banking, in-situ and ex-situ nurseries, prioritizing species and sizes, and permitting for movement and storage of coral fragments.  

Scaling-Up Larval Propagation - Gearing up for spawning season! Preparations include creating a template to monitor and track spawning times in a comprehensive way that can be duplicated by other programs. In June, WG members offered a training workshop in Curaçao, attended by 15 participants from seven locations in the Caribbean. This workshop, sponsored by CRC partners including SECORE International, The Nature Conservancy, Mote Marine Lab, and CARMABI Marine Research Station, offered hands-on experience to identify reproductive populations and expand to other organizations experimenting with larval propagation.  Upcoming stakeholder call: Thursday, August 23rd 2pm (EDT)

Monitoring - Held an in-person Core WG meeting in June to review the spatial database for restoration nurseries and outplanting sites. This database will feature information on outplant locations in the Caribbean and will be combined with the restoration genetics database. Created an evaluation tool for programmatic success that will be linked to development of best management practices (BMPs).

Demonstration Projects - Working on story maps for four sites in the Caribbean to demonstrate restoration success. The goal is to feature case studies of various restoration objectives with a range of restoration methodologies.



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

  • The State of Hawaii’s Land-Based Coral Restoration Nursery has a Coral Nursery Technician position open. This is a great opportunity to be involved with an innovative, resource management-driven coral nursery on the leading edge of developing new techniques to restore slow-growing coral reefs.



  • Green Fins, initiated by United Nations Environment and coordinated by the Reef World Foundation, to raise awareness of best diving practices, has jumped in with both feet to support the International Year of the Reef (IYOR) with a busy schedule of events and side campaigns. Their #redefinethereef infographic encouraging and educating SCUBA divers to be environmentally aware and have zero-impact dives has reached thousands across social media and through their Green Fins-certified dive centers. Did you know the average SCUBA diver makes contact with the reef an average of 6 times per dive?!

  • Watch the session "Learning from Reef Restoration Experiences Around the World" from the recent Great Barrier Reef Restoration Symposium in Cairns, Australia, brought to you through a live webcast through the Reef Resilience Network.



  • The Nature Conservancy’s Reef Resilience Network just launched their Blue Carbon Module!  The Blue Carbon Module compiles the latest scientific guidance and tools to help managers, researchers, practitioners, and governments understand how blue carbon can be measured and utilized to promote conservation and restoration of coastal ecosystems.  Please spread the word and help protect valuable coastal ecosystems to mitigate impacts from climate change!

  • SECORE International working with The Nature Conservancy’s Reef Resilience Network just launched a Larval Propagation guidance section on the Restoration Module. This section provides guidance on collecting coral gametes in the field, rearing larvae, settling and then outplanting small coral recruits onto reefs. Please share with others that this new resource is available!

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