Jeff Davis Memorial, Bonaire. Coral Restoration Foundation Bonaire has planted over 3000 Staghorn corals which now spawn annually! Photo credit: David Fishman.

RESTORATION OF THE MONTH: Coral Restoration Foundation Bonaire (CRFB)

Restored corals in Bonaire are thriving and reproducing!

  • CRFB uses simple, cost-effective asexual propagation and outplanting techniques to restore Acropora cervicornis and A. palmata populations. To date, more than 18,000 corals have been outplanted to reef sites around Bonaire and Klein Bonaire.

  • CRFB hosts visiting researchers and uses data to advance restoration techniques and implement comprehensive monitoring programs.

  • Today, healthy coral thickets are covering the once flat and desolate reef terrace and are growing and spawning annually.

  • Contact CRFB ( or check out Facebook and Instagram!


Welcome to October 2018!                                                        


Speakers and Poster Presenters have been chosen for Reef Futures 2018: Coral Restoration and Intervention-Science Symposium. Register here by October 5th to receive early bird pricing! Check out the tentative weekly agenda HERE. Soon, sign ups will be available [here] for trainings, site visits, transportation, and other events. We are almost sold out of “run of house” hotel rooms at the Ocean Reef Club Hotel, so please consider a multi-room condo, sharing a room by filling out the ORC Room Sharing Request, or check out Alternative Accommodation Options offsite.  


We are pleased to announce that the CRC has a new Working Group (WG) focused on Management! The strategic vision of this group is to expedite and improve the contribution of restoration to reef resilience and sustainable use through knowledge exchange and robust decision-support resources. It aims to integrate current and emerging knowledge of reef restoration into coral reef management through information exchange and production of resources oriented to the priority needs of decision-makers. Dr Paul Marshall (Director, Reef Ecologic & Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Queensland) and Jennifer Koss (Director, NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program) will jointly chair the working group, bringing a strong international focus to its activities. The Management WG invites expressions of interest from experts with experience relevant to integrating restoration into reef management to join the “Core Group” (approximately 10 members committed to advancing the program of work). We also welcome anyone that is interested in the progress and results of the working group activities to sign up as part of the “Broad Interest Group”. Sign up for this and all CRC Working Groups HERE!


Exhibits for Reef Futures 2018: We are soliciting local groups to exhibit at Reef Futures Symposium in Key Largo this December! This is an opportunity to highlight the work your organization is doing and engage the coral restoration community. Exhibits will be held during our closing ceremony at the Caribbean Club in Key Largo and potentially Tuesday during out opening ceremony if there is enough interest from meeting attendees. If you are interested please SIGN UP HERE!


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! Please contact Alex Neufeld ( for further instructions.


Nursery and Outplant Data Call - The CRC Monitoring Working Group is developing an outplant and nursery tracking database, 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 people an opportunity to try out the interactive map, enter data, and give feedback on ease of use, information collected, and usefulness. We have an Excel spreadsheet 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 to be added to the database.

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. Please contact Dave Vaughan ( if you are interested.

Below you will find updates from each of the seven CRC Working Groups as well as a link to their upcoming stakeholder calls, which occur quarterly.  All are welcome to join CRC Working Group stakeholder group calls. If you want to get more involved and join a core group - contact

Scaling-Up Field Based Propagation - The group is working through Best Management Practices (BMPs) - currently, the highest priority is helping the Monitoring WG develop guidelines for outplanting. In collaboration with the Reef Resilience Network, the BMP will be developed into a training toolkit for managers. Thursday, October 11th at 2pm (EDT)

Monitoring - The group is continuing to develop and populate the Caribbean Restoration Database and reach out to practitioners to help refine a Restoration Evaluation Tool. The group is also developing BMPs, which will be cross referenced with the other CRC Working Groups BMPs. They may be able to provide a web platform for the Restoration Evaluation Tool, and will be working with the Genetics WG for web hosting and coding over the next month. Thursday, October 25th at 2pm (EDT)

Demonstration Projects - There is a Core Group meeting next week to discuss next steps for promoting Story Maps and priorities for the group in 2019. Story Maps highlight restoration successes in Belize, Carysfort Reef FL, Bonaire, and Grenville Grenada. Thursday, November 1st at 2pm (EDT)

Scaling-Up Land Based Propagation - The State of Florida and NOAA have launched a more coordinated response to the FL Reef Tract-wide Disease Event.  One component is to to “rescue” coral colonies from affected species and place them in land-based facilities for genetic banking and future restoration efforts. The WG is trying to secure funding to hold gene banks long term and large scale for massive (boulder/reef-building) corals.

Genetics - The FL Disease Response Coral Rescue Team requested feedback on their genetic management plan associated with the Florida disease response rescue efforts.  As part of a pilot effort, up to 8 colonies of 12 species were collected and placed in a land-based facility, and sampled for tissue to develop genetic markers. The Genetics WG will be assisting with information to help develop these markers.  The Genetics WG will also be moving forward with 2 manuscripts- waiting on final review!

Scaling-Up Larval Propagation - There was a double coral spawning in the Caribbean this year! The Larval WG is hard at work in the field.


The Coral Restoration Foundation™ (CRF) launched the Plastic-free Tree Challenge - a competition for Florida students to limit plastics in restoration by designing environmentally-friendly Coral Trees™! Submissions due Feb. 11th, 2019. Photo credit: Zach Ransom.

Chasing Coral won a 2018 Emmy Award for Outstanding Nature Documentary! Congrats to our friends at Exposure Labs! Photo credit: Cristophe Bailhache

Coral Crusaders Nursery aims to help Great Barrier Reef regeneration. Reef Restoration Foundation has established Australia’s first ocean-based coral nursery and is harvesting, growing & planting coral at Fitzroy Island.

The world’s first land-based coral farm will soon grow reefs in the Bahamas. Startup company, Coral Vita, plans to use microfragmentation techniques to grow coral up to 50 times faster than it grows in the ocean to rebuild reefs in the area. Photo credit: Mote Marine Lab.

SECORE & the Reef Resilience Network develop new training module on Larval Propagation. Although coral spawning occurs only once per year, these events are critical in increasing genetic diversity on the reef.  Photo credit: Barry Brown, SECORE International.

Restoration Project Increases Fish Stocks Fivefold. Efforts by Coral Guardian to use former dynamite fishermen to protect and restore coral reefs have had a dramatic impact in Indonesia with fish stocks in protected areas increasing by as much as five-fold in two years!

‘Coral Whisperers’ Study Local Reefs for Clues to Global Conservation: Pew Charitable Trusts  marine fellow alumni are collaborating with regional coral conservation and research groups to restore imperiled ecosystems. Photo credit: Evan K. D’Alessandro.



  • MAR Fund's 11th Request for Proposals -  Request for Proposals consists of three different finance boxes: Traditional Small Grants, Reef Rescue Initiative, and Belize Marine Fund. Submission deadline for proposals is 15 October 2018.


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