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There were about 30 acres of reef with significant damage and over 10,000 fragments at risk after Hurricane Matthew moved through the reefs of Guanica, Puerto Rico in 2016.
Photo: Robert Rocca. 
  • In 2016, swells from Hurricane Matthew severely impacted Elkhorn (Acropora palmata) thickets on reefs in Guanica, on the south side of Puerto Rico.  While many colonies were impacted, there were still several healthy colonies on Gilligan's Reef. NOAA and the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources in Puerto Rico transplanted at-risk fragments to other sites that no longer had healthy populations of A. palmata with a goal to accelerate the recovery of this species over what sexual recruitment would be able to do.  
Elkhorn fragment after post-hurricane transplantation in 2016 (left) and the same Elkhorn colony in 2019 (right). Photos by Robert Rocca.
  • NOAA Restoration Center working with Sea Ventures Marine Response Unit transplanted 8,500 fragments to 10 different sites during this work in 2016.  Results from this work showed that transplanting the corals to other reefs and reattaching the corals using cement was a successful method and had high survival (91%).  Sea Ventures has developed a cement recipe and technique known as “Pedro's Pancakes” to efficiently secure corals to the reef.
  • Now, in 2019, after 3 years of growth, NOAA and Sea Ventures are using these colonies as donors to expand on restoration efforts by taking clippings from the colonies and reattaching them to the reef with cement to increase the number of colonies and expand the restoration footprint by a scale of magnitude at each site. The image at the right is the Guanica Elkhorn restoration site, 2019. Photo by Robert Rocca.
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Hello CRC Community!

 During the month of September, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) approved and accepted a Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC) at its 51st Session. Adaptation in Coral Reefs is reviewed in section of Chapter 5 of the report which references the work of many CRC members. The report details that active, or adaptive, restoration such as coral gardening is a tool that can be used in all major reef regions to aid in coral reef rehabilitation.  The report point outs, however, that the potential benefits of restoration may not be realized unless the underlying drivers of coral reef degradation like warming oceans, are addressed. 

The report lists scaling-up as a primary challenge to the intervention strategy of active coral restoration, in addition to a current lack of long-term evaluations of restoration with regard to social and cultural, economic, and environmental sustainability goals. Other coral restoration questions outlined in the report as being ripe for further study are 1) What is the effectiveness of ecological engineering approaches on global change drivers? and 2) How does nursery time affect biological traits, like reproduction?

We encourage our members to consider the SROCC report when designing future studies.

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CRC Announcements:

  • Calling all engineers! The CRC will be forming an Engineering and Innovation Ad-Hoc Group to bring together engineers and practitioners to work on creating solutions to restoration engineering problems. Engineers, those interested in engineering, and practitioners who need solutions, please email to be added to the group.

  • The CRC is looking for a new Chair/Co-Chair for the Field-based Propagation Working Group! Apply HERE for the Field-based Working Group Chair leadership position. 

  • The CRC is also looking for a new Chair/Co-Chair for the Land-based Propagation Working Group! Apply HERE for the Land-based Working Group Chair leadership position.




  • Postdoctoral Position- Coral Resilience to Climate Change in the Baum Lab at the University of Victoria, Canada. Admission to the lab for the position requires an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship. As such, interested candidates must be Canadian (or permanent residents of Canada), in addition to other criteria. For questions and how to apply, please email Professor Julia Baum ( as soon as possible.

  • Postdoctoral Position open for working on Acropora palmata in the Florida Keys with the Grottoli Lab at Ohio State University. Applicants should send a cover letter, CV, statement of research interests, copy of PhD transcript, and the names and contact information of 3 letter writers (one must be PhD advisor) as a single PDF with the applicants name in the file name to by November 15, 2019.

  • Reef Restoration Associate for the Coral Restoration Foundation in Key Largo, FL

  • Dive Safety Officer/Chief Operations Officer for the Coral Restoration Foundation in Key Largo, FL.

  • Coral Restoration Staff Scientist at Mote’s Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef Research and Restoration in Summerland Key, Florida. Applications due by October 31.

  • Postdoctoral Fellowships at Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef funded by Lizard Island Reef Research Foundation. Applications due October 11, 2019.

  • CIMAS Assistant Scientist for eDNA research at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science in NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory Ocean Chemistry and Ecosystems Division.

  • Master of Philosophy at the University of Belize. This is a thesis-focused program where students will research about reef ecology, invertebrate biology & reproduction, geology, conservation, data analysis and scientific writing.

  • Coral Reef Mapping Research Officer Position with the Remote Sensing Research Centre at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. Please contact Dr. Emma Kennedy ( and Dr. Chris Roelfsema (, for further details and to submit your expression of interest. 

  • Biologist 2 at The Florida Aquarium’s Center for Conservation in Apollo Beach, FL

  • Postdoctoral Position: The Role of US Coral Reefs and Reef Restoration in Reducing Coastal Risk with USGS Mendenhall postdoctoral research opportunity 18-13. Applications due by January 6, 2020.

  • Social Scientist / Economist Position with Lynker working with NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program in Silver Spring, MD.






  • May 17-21 (Key Largo, FL): Reef Futures Conference 2021.

October 2019 MEDIA ROUNDUP 

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Coral Spawning Update: 

The progress we make, the challenges we face.

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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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