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Hello Coral Restoration Consortium!

Registration is now open for Reef Futures 2018: A Coral Restoration and Intervention-Science Symposium, to be held December 10-14, 2018, in Key Largo, Florida. We will be hosting a week of oral presentations, posters, panel discussions, workshops, exhibits, site visits, and fun times with the primary content occurring Dec 11-13. We invite participation from solution-minded individuals from a wide variety of fields - materials science, environmental engineering, wildlife conservation and natural resource management, environmental policy, communications, and of course coral biology and restoration. Please distribute this announcement far and wide via your networks!

The CRC has a new logo! Woot! Cheers to our amazing designer Patrick George! In his own words, “I’ve gone with a collective brain that encompasses and protects the coral to represent the knowledge-based community of professionals who apply that accrued knowledge into practical solutions and ingenuity”. And a new Facebook page! Please check us out, like, follow and get your friends involved!

We are featuring a new RESTORATION OF THE MONTH section! We would like to see what YOUR team is up to. Works in progress, and bloopers are encouraged! If you would like your program or project highlighted in this newsletter, please send a photo and three bullets explaining what your organization is doing and how that work might help other coral restoration efforts (e.g. novel methods, techniques that work with new species, lessons learned, building partnerships, etc.).


RESTORATION HIGHLIGHT JUNE 2018: Australia’s marine researchers helping to restore coral reefs.  

  • Declines in coral cover and health, in particular from mass bleaching, have spurred discussion around the role of restoration in the management of reefs in a warming world.

  • The Reef Restoration and Adaptation Project (RRAP) feasibility phase is moving to novel approaches, which include assisting the ecological or environmental attributes of reefs and the replenishment of coral cover with heat tolerant corals.

  • This project is funded through the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), which will build partnerships to ensure that global climate mitigation efforts go hand-in-hand with actions to preserve and restore resilience for vulnerable ecosystems.


    Dr. Line Bay, lead scientist for Australia's Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program, spoke at the 5th International Marine Conservation Congress about novel approaches to conserve and manage coral reefs affected by climate change. Photo credit: Society for Conservation Biology Marine Section.

 


Upcoming CRC Working Group Calls-  Anyone can join the stakeholder group. To stay up to date on CRC Working Group quarterly calls, add the CRC iCal feed to your calendar application or check the online calendar. If you want to get more involved and join the core group - please contact coral.restoration@noaa.gov.
 


Field Based Propagation -  Upcoming stakeholder call: Thur July 12th 2pm (EDT)

Monitoring - Upcoming stakeholder call: Thur July 26th 2pm (EDT)
 


ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • On June 19-21, Schmidt Ocean Institute held a workshop on Data Analytics to Restore Coral Reefs and Rehabilitate Coastal Marine Ecosystems, and the report will soon be accessible online at www.schmidtocean.org. The organizers concluded that all major puzzle pieces are in place for financially sustainable large scale reef restoration:  (1) cost-efficient outplanting methodologies, (2) high resolution hydrographic coastal flooding and erosion models, (3) scanning methods that offer cm-scale coverage of shallow bathymetry, and (4) effective risk management business models. In addition, substantial amounts of government and private funds are waiting to be unlocked for coastal ecosystem restoration and management that can demonstrate cost-effective risk reduction.
  • The 71st Annual Meeting of the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute will be held Nov. 5 - 9  in San Andrés, Colombia. The UN/Caribbean Environment Programme will host a half-day session on Coral Reefs & Associated Ecosystems in a Changing Climate, and will include talks on monitoring, restoration, and socioeconomics. Submit abstracts by Aug. 15.

  • HeroX Visioneers 2018 Saving Coral Reefs Design Challenge incentivizes the creation of urgently needed innovations that can scale to protect and restore coral reefs. Deadline 24 July, 2018.

  • International Year of the Reef - National Launches! Subscribe to the International Year of the Reef (IYOR) Newsletter to see updates of IYOR from around the world in their latest edition!

  • The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, in partnership with NOAA, released a request for proposals (RFP) under the 2018 National Coastal Resilience Fund. The request is for projects that restore, increase and strengthen natural infrastructure to ultimately protect coastal communities and enhance fish and wildlife habitat. The fund will invest up to $30 million in the restoration or expansion of natural features such as coastal marshes and wetlands, dune and beach systems, oyster and coral reefs, mangroves, coastal forests, coastal rivers, and barrier islands. Proposals are due August 7, 2018, and the full RFP can be found here.

  • In June, organizations around the Caribbean demonstrated the power of large-scale, collaborative action at Coralpalooza 2018! This event mobilized a total of 480 divers and 15 dive operators, which outplanted over 1,000 corals onto the reefs! Additionally, volunteers cleaned 140 Coral Trees, collected vital data on 1400 coral outplants, and removed 85lbs of marine debris! Click here for more information.


Coralpalooza divers outplanting coral in the Florida Keys. Photo credit: Alex Neufeld, Coral Restoration Foundation.


A victorious Coralpalooza crew returns from a hard day of restoring a new generation of corals in Key Largo, Florida. Photo credit: Alex Neufeld, Coral Restoration Foundation.


 

Upcoming Meetings:

JUNE 2018 MEDIA ROUNDUP

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If you want to get involved, learn more about what we do, or highlight your organization’s efforts here, we would love to hear from you! Please visit our website or contact coral.restoration@noaa.gov.

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