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Happy Valentine’s Day Coral Restoration Community~

 It’s the month of love for many countries around the world from the tiny polyps of the “Hammer Coral” to Australia’s iconic “Heart Reef”.
Photo credit: Shutterstock, Alamy, Marine Savers Coral Frame Sponsorship Programme, & Schadow1Expeditions

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.

CRC ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Reflecting on the Reef Futures 2018 Symposium… this event brought together 550+ experts and enthusiasts from 36 countries around the world to share the latest science and techniques for coral reef restoration while kicking off a global effort to dramatically scale-up the impact and reach of restoration as a major tool for coral reef conservation and management. It was the debut of the Assisted Gene Flow project, “Saving Coral Reefs” was introduced as the next XPRIZE, and the Youth Leaders Workshop inspired 50 local high school students to take action and determine what their generation will need to for the future of coral reefs. All of this was single-use plastic free and saved an estimated 30,000 pieces of plastic! We even offset our carbon footprint by donating $15 of every registration to the Everglades Foundation to support their work improving water quality through restoration. Plenary sessions were live streamed and can be found on the CRC Facebook (videos) page. There is some PRESS as well!

 
The CRC is an open a community
dedicated to enabling coral reef ecosystems to survive the 21st century and beyond. We encourage you to get involved. We are updating our CRC website to make information more readily available, and CRC’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have news and current events related to coral reef restoration. In the meantime, we are getting organized for a restoration component at ICRS 2020.  


The CRC Field-based Propagation and Monitoring Working Groups are continuing to develop Best Management Guidelines, Global Databases for nurseries and outplant sites, and an Evaluation Tool to determine restoration success. Please help them!

  • If you would like to view the current draft of the Best Management Guidelines or if you have comments and suggestions, please contact Liz Goergen (elizabeth.goergen@noaa.gov).

  • We have a Caribbean prototype of a Global Database for nurseries and outplanting, but we need assistance to fill in data gaps. We are currently updating our data entry Excel spreadsheets for nursery information and outplant information based on feedback we got at the Reef Futures meeting.  Please contact alison.moulding@noaa.gov if you are interested in contributing data, and she will send you the updated spreadsheets when they are ready.

  • If you are interested in viewing the Evaluation Tool or have suggestions for restoration metrics, please contact Stephanie Schopmeyer (stephanie.schopmeyer@myfwc.com).

 PARTNER ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • Please help us make the next Reef Futures even better by taking the post conference survey by TODAY February 11, 2019! Your input is important and very much appreciated. Many thanks to all who have already shared their comments.  

  • Seeking input for coral restoration XPRIZE 
    From XPrize: The XPRIZE Foundation uses large-scale global incentive competitions to crowdsource solutions to the world's grand challenges. We are looking to address the global crisis facing our coral reefs with a prize to scale coral restoration efforts around the world. Based on feedback from Reef Futures 2018, we have updated the prize guidelines and are seeking further input for the new prize guidelines and requirements. Please join our online community to review and comment; you can also let us know if you’re interested in participating in the prize as a competitor, judge, advisor or sponsor. Contact anupa.asokan@xprize.org for more information.

  • Tune in February 27 at 3pm EST to see Jorge Álvarez-Romero (ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University) present on a new global  Conservation Planning Database, which will help planners find relevant conservation plans (local and global), scientists study trends in conservation planning, and donors and NGOs identify regions where little conservation planning has been done. Register here.

  • Reef Explorer Fiji Ltd. announces training and volunteer opportunities to work side-by-side with our Reef Explorer team as we transplant thousands of corals from our nurseries back to the surrounding reef and restock our nurseries during our May-Sept 2019 field season. Check out information on the Viti-Levu Case Study, some press, and Fiji Reef Recovery on Mission Blue’s website. Please contact Victor Bonito (staghorncoral@hotmail.com) for further information.

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENTS (Lots O Jobs!!)

  • Coral Vita is looking for a Coral Restoration Specialist to aid their efforts in Freeport, Grand Bahama. Coral Vita is a mission-driven, for-profit coral reef restoration company working to scale-up innovative coral farming methods to restore dying reefs. They are launching their first land-based farm in Spring 2019. Applications accepted until position is filled, with first round interviews beginning the first week of February. Please submit to sam@coralvita.co, gator@coralvita.co, and stephen@coralvita.co.

  • Coral Restoration Foundation is hiring two open positions in Key Largo, Florida. Both positions are open until filled, but ideally will be filled as soon as possible.  

    • Development Associate (full-time permanent) to assist in the fulfilment of the Development Program’s strategic goals. The position will have substantial contact with staff and donors.

    • Reef Restoration Associate (temporary) field-based position dedicated to in-water restoration efforts and aid in the height of the field season.

  • Grupo Puntacana Foundation is looking for a temporary Hatchery Intern to assist in the day-to-day operation of a small-scale marine ornamental fish and invertebrate hatchery at their facility in the Dominican Republic. Please contact Victor Galvan (vgalvan@puntacana.com) if interested.

  • Mote Marine Laboratory announces positions at the Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef Research and Restoration in Summerland Key, Florida.

  • The partnership among NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program, the U.S. Department of the Interior, the U.S. All Islands Coral Reef Committee, and Nova Southeastern University seeks a National Coral Reef Management Fellow in Florida, USA, to build the next generation of coral reef conservation leaders and strive to address current capacity gaps, as well as build long-term management capacity in the U.S. jurisdictions by addressing local coral reef management needs.

  • Iberostar Group’s Wave of Change movement is looking for a Science Communicator to help translate the oceans biggest problems to clients and staff. The position will be based in Miami, Florida (USA).

  • Qatar University’s Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences announces a Coral Restoration PostDoc position available in Persian/Arabian Gulf (the hottest sea in the world, with corals).

  • Ningaloo, Australia is recruiting for a Chief Resilience Officer (CRO) as part of the Resilient Reefs Initiative. This is an exciting opportunity to assist reef managers to work both locally and as part of an international network of World Heritage listed coral reefs, to create innovative approaches to building the resilience of the Ningaloo Reef and communities to challenges such as climate change.

FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Request For Proposals (RFP) for the Protect Our Reefs (POR), Grant Program. 2019 funding available to Florida-based (USA) programs will represent ~12 months of POR License Plate revenue for start-up grants of ~ $10,000 - $15,000, a few grants of ~ $25,000 -$30,000, and up to two Young-Investigator awards (up to $10,000 each). Matching funds are strongly encouraged. Proposals due: March 1, 2019.

UPCOMING MEETINGS:

2019

 2020

END OF 2018 MEDIA ROUNDUP

Email coral.restoration@noaa.gov to have your news and research included.

Assisted Gene Flow has been successfully demonstrated in Acropora palmata using cryopreserved sperm across genetically isolated Caribbean populations!!! Dr. Kristen Marhaver (CARMABI Marine Research Station Curaçao) presented successful efforts to combine cryopreserved sperm from Western, Central, and Eastern Caribbean populations with eggs from Curaçao to produce viable larvae at Reef Futures 2018. Photo credit: Sara Nilsson

Fiji turning to coral gardening to save its lucrative South Pacific reefs from bleaching. Dr Bowden-Kirby’s group now only works with "super corals" that can withstand higher temperatures. Check out the VIDEO.
  • Coral nurseries to grow again. Using donated coral trees from Coral Restoration FoundationTM and “microfragmentation” volunteers with the Association of Reef Keepers (ARK), practise maintaining the frames to be used in ARK’s coral nursery project in the British Virgin Islands at a training in the Dominican Republic.

Coral Microbiomes Offer Clues for Resilience and Conservation.  Some coral species might be better equipped to adapt to a warmer, more acidic ocean. Finding out which ones, and why, could be the key to saving reefs around the world.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has partnered with Nova Southeastern University’s Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography to restore coral reefs near the Great Stirrup Cay (Bahamas). Photo: NSU.

It's Not Just Us: Corals Also Thrive Best in Diverse Company. Three coral species were grown together or separately to test the effects of diversity on growth and well being. Corals that had been grown in mixed company fared better. Photo Credit: Cody Clements (Georgia Institute of Technology). Check out the VIDEO.

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The mission of the CRC is to foster collaboration and technology transfer among coral restoration scientists, practitioners, and managers, and to facilitate a community of practice that will advance coral restoration to keep pace with rapidly changing ocean and environmental conditions.

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