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Nursery-raised staghorn coral colonies on North Dry Rocks Reef, Key Largo, Florida. Photo: Alexander Neufeld/Coral Restoration Foundation

Hello Coral Restoration Consortium!

Happy Oceans Week! Check out Capitol Hill Oceans Week if you’re in DC. Lots of folks have been asking for the status of our December 10-14 conference. The website should be live in mid-June and we will send an announcement out through this listserv. The website will have information on abstract submission and hotel reservations. Please keep a lookout.

We will be featuring a new RESTORATION OF THE MONTH section! We would like to see what YOUR team is doing to restore our reefs. 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 help work with new species, lessons learned, building partnerships, etc.).


CRC Working Group Updates: (This is where the sausage is made. Anyone can join the stakeholder group and calls. If you want to get more involved and join the core group - please contact coral.restoration@noaa.gov)
  • Scaling-Up Field Based Propagation - Held a two-day in person meeting at NOVA Southeastern to draft best management practices for field-based propagation techniques.
  • Scaling-Up Larval Propagation - Shared research and monitoring plans for the 2018 coral spawning season with the Working Group on the May quarterly call. Prepared coral spawning prediction charts which will be online soon!
  • Monitoring - Held an in-person co-chair meeting to refine success criteria and Best Management Practices, and lay out steps for presenting the geo-referenced database of nurseries and restoration sites led by AGRRA/Healthy Reefs.
  • Demonstration Projects - Co-chairs attended a symposium entitled “Enhancing Coastal Resilience through Ecosystem Restoration” at University of Miami RSMAS. Christina Mallica, our stellar intern, is developing a series of story maps for each of the sub-goals - Coastal Protection and Enhancing Ecological Function
Announcements:
  • The National Academies of Sciences Committee on Coral Interventions to Improve Reef Resilience held a public workshop on May 31 at University of Miami RSMAS. The day was full of engaging presentations, management considerations, and lively conversations among some of the world’s leading coral scientists and managers. More on the study here.
     
  • Sea of Change Foundation Launches Reef Rescue & Rapid Response Grants. In an ongoing effort to support marine conservation across the scuba diving community, the Sea of Change Foundation (www.seaofchange.com/) is launching a new fund to help support the immediate response to coral reef damage from anchor drops, vessel groundings, oil spills, and other localized, anthropogenic and acute impacts to coral reefs. Find out more here: https://business.facebook.com/SeaOfChange/ .
     
  • NOAA received a “Mission Assignment” from FEMA to conduct a Coral Reef Assessment and Emergency Restoration in the aftermaths of Hurricanes Irma and Maria as part of the National Disaster Recovery Framework. The goals of the Mission Assignment were to characterize the impacts of the hurricanes on the corals reefs of Puerto Rico, identify areas of impact with still viable live corals, conduct emergency triage, and identify areas that would benefit from long-term restoration. NOAA assessed 152 sites around the islands of Puerto Rico, Culebra, and Vieques in depths up to 7 m, which were most likely to have been impacted by the hurricanes.  Overall 11% of Puerto Rico’s reefs were impacted; some sites showed up to 100% of the corals damaged. Acropora palamta, A. cervicornis, Dendrogyra cylindrus, and Orbicella annularis were the most affected species. Emergency restoration was conducted at over 30 sites and over 8,000 corals were reattached.  Based on the assessment and emergency restoration, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico submitted a proposal to the FEMA recovery plan to conduct large scale restoration and outplant 1 million Acropora palmata corals at 5 reef sites near San Juan, Fajardo, Culebra, Arecibo, and Aguadilla.
Typical hurricane-damaged site observed in the coral assessment.
Emergency restoration site.
To stay up to date on CRC calls add the downloadable CRC iCal feed to your calendar application or check the online calendar.

Get Involved

If you have any questions on how to get involved, what we do, or how to find more information, please go to our website or contact coral.restoration@noaa.gov.
 
To have your news included in the future and for any other inquiries, e-mail coral.restoration@noaa.gov. To learn more about coral restoration - join the CRC listserve, watch past webinars and presentations, and check out our website
 
Coral Restoration Consortium - Research and News Summary
Email coral.restoration@noaa.gov to have your news and research included.

 

News: May 2018
Journal Articles: May 2018 
  • Drury, C.; Paris, C.B.; Kourafalou, V.H.; Lirman D. (2018). Dispersal capacity and genetic relatedness in Acropora cervicornis on the Florida Reef Tract. Coral Reefs, 37: 2, pp 585–596.
    Full article
    Manager's summary
     
  • Koster, J. (2018). Electrolysis, halogen oxidizing agents and reef restoration. ResearchGate (thesis submission).  
    Full article
    Manager's summary
     
  • Wing Yan Chan, W.Y.;  Peplow, L.M.; Menéndez, P.; Hoffmann, A.A.;  van Oppen, M.J.H. (2018). Interspecific Hybridization May Provide Novel Opportunities for Coral Reef Restoration. Frontiers in Marine Science. doi:10.3389/fmars00160.
    Full article
    Manager's summary
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