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RESTORATION OF THE MONTH

The first large-scale coral gardening program was launched inside the Seaflower Biosphere Reserve, where 76% of Colombia´s coral reefs are located. Photo credit: Phanor Montoya Maya.

  • Corales de Paz, Conservation International Colombia, the Corporation for the Sustainable Development of the Archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina (CORALINA), and the Secretary of Agriculture and Fisheries of the Provincial Government of the Archipelago have teamed up to conduct a large-scale community-based restoration

  • Eight nurseries have been built - housing 12,500 fragments of hard corals, soft corals, and sponges. And alternative livelihoods are being offered to local artisanal fishermen.

  • We have set ourselves a quantitative goal - in three years, we expect to see a 10% increase in the live coral cover, fish biomass, aesthetic value, structural complexity, and overall health at intervened coral reefs.

Happy November Coral Restoration Community - we’re gearing up for Reef Futures 2018!!

 

UPCOMING REEF FUTURES DEADLINES

  • Friday, November 9th - is the last day to register to attend Reef Futures it will not be extended again!!  

  • Wednesday November 14th - is the last day to fill out your transportation information. This does not guarantee you a ride - but will help us plan when the shuttles should run to and from the South FL airports. Ride sign up will be separate.

  • Friday, November 16th - is the deadline to sign up to exhibit during our closing ceremony at the Caribbean Club on Thursday evening (and possibly Tuesday morning). This is an opportunity to highlight your work and engage the coral restoration community.

  • Sunday, November 25th - deadline to sign up for workshops, site visits, and the closing reception.

  • December 1st - last call for photos / video on the history of coral restoration!  At Reef Futures 2018 we want to celebrate the people, places, and hard work that got coral reef restoration to where is today. 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. Old and new images are welcome. Contact: alex@coralrestoration.org.

REEF FUTURES LOGISTICS

MAKING THE MOST (FUN!) OF REEF FUTURES

  • We will be meeting to coordinate a dedicated track of sessions on restoration for the International Coral Reef Symposium 2020 if you are interested in coordinating your session with this overall effort or helping structure the whole ordeal - lookout for this meeting (still unplanned!) or e-mail coral.restoration@noaa.gov.

  • On Wednesday (12/12) evening, during happy hour, we will be sharing stories of Fieldwork Failures. #FieldworkFail. Come prepared to share near death experiences, amazing ideas that went absolutely nowhere, and more hilarious stories. The aim is to learn from each other in an informal environment. Please bring photos and/or videos to support your jokes. A certificate will be provided to the winner based on voting from the audience.

  • The CRC Field-based Propagation and Monitoring Working Groups are developing Best Management Guidelines that will be highlighted at Reef Futures. Please help them!

  • We are developing a global database for nurseries and outplant sites, and we need your help! We have a Caribbean prototype, but we need your assistance to fill in data gaps. We are hosting a workshop at the Reef Futures 2018 Symposium in December, which will provide an opportunity to try the interactive map, enter data, and give us feedback on ease of use, information collected, and utility. We have Excel spreadsheets for nursery information and outplant information that can be populated ahead of the conference and brought with you to the workshop. If you are not planning to attend the conference or workshop, you can send your completed spreadsheet to alison.moulding@noaa.gov to be added to the database.

 

The CRC is now a Topic Chapter of the International Society for Reef Studies (ISRS)! ISRS is the principal society for reef scientists and managers around the world with its principal objective to promote of the production and dissemination of scientific knowledge and understanding of coral reefs. The linking of ISRS with the CRC will further the missions of both entities to henceforth work together toward solving the coral-reef crisis of the 21st century! We invite CRC members to become members of ISRS for as little as $20 per year depending on student status and country of origin. Membership includes electronic access to the journal Coral Reefs, discounted registration prices for international symposia, and much more.

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. There are no calls scheduled for the remainder of November. Happy Thanksgiving!

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • The National Academies of Sciences expert panel on Coral Interventions - held their fourth and final public meeting about risk assessment and decision frameworks in Washington D.C. on October 30th. Presentations will be posted shortly.

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • The CRC is looking for help! Our network is expanding, and the time has come to ask for volunteers to assist the CRC Working Group Chairs with calls, notes, and coordination. This is a great opportunity to learn about restoration work being done and network with the restoration community. Check out the CRC website for information on Working Group projects and email coral.restoration@noaa.gov if you are interested.

    BIG THANKS to our current volunteers for all you do!!!

  • Internships available at Coral Restoration Foundation Curaçao. Contact Pol Bosch

  • SECORE International, a non-profit organization focused on coral research, restoration, outreach and education, is looking for a Project Engineer to join our team. The successful candidate will work to advance the design and engineering of coral restoration technology, integrate and upscale processes from manufacturing to deployment, and build partnerships that will further increase the technical capacity of the organization.  

  • The Amiga Island Ecological Foundation is accepting applications for a mid to long term  coral restoration intern to help implement our Coral Reef Conservation and Restoration Program in Haiti. All applicants must be female due to lodging restrictions.


     

UPCOMING MEETINGS:

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OCTOBER 2018 MEDIA ROUNDUP
Teaching coral to toughen up could help reefs survive climate change. From floating chemical "sunscreens" to reef-patrolling robots, they're developing strategies and devices to help corals adapt to warmer seas. Photo credit: David Gray
Australia Wrestles With Saving the Great Barrier Reef. With billions of tourism dollars at stake, many refuse to believe or simply ignore that the massive natural wonder is being killed by climate change. Photo credit: David Maurice Smith
Can We Save the Coral Reefs? 3 Ideas So Crazy, They Just Might Work. 1. D.I.Y. Clouds or “cloud brightening”, 2. Genetically Modifying Coral to Survive a Hotter World (“assisted evolution”), and 3. Artificial Intelligence Makes Coral Mapping Lightning Fast.

Spawning An Intervention: Scientists from SECORE International and FUNDEMAR work with coral biologists at the CARMABI in Curaçao to collect eggs and sperm during coral spawning. Photo: Exposure Labs

Using Steel 'Spiders,' We Can Revive Large Swathes Of Coral Reefs. Coral spiders deployed in the reef off the coast of Pulau Badi. Photo credit: Jordan Hollarsmith

The Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute: Scientists Freeze and Thaw Coral Larvae for the First Time! This type of research has huge implications for coral restoration efforts focused are larval propagation. See more at NATIONALZOO.SI.EDU

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