Field-Based Propagation

The Field-Based Propagation Working Group was established to find and promote innovative and actionable ways to increase the efficiency and scale of propagating and outplanting corals. The initial focus of this group is to openly share ideas and advances in new techniques focusing on fast-growing, branching acroporid corals. The Coral Restoration Consortium steering committee and working group members have defined the following priorities for this group:

  • Update best practices manual for nursery and outplanting propagation
  • Identify the science needed to support scaling up efforts
  • Develop, design, and implement ideas for increasing outplanting efficiency


What We’re Working On

  • Collaborating to create a prototype zip tie made from potato starch, to reduce the use of plastics in restoration.
  • Meeting weekly to develop new updates to best management practices available on the Reef Resilience Network.
  • Developing shopping lists needed to put together nursery structures
Do you have non-Acroporid corals in your Nursery?

Call for case studies on how other species of coral (non-Acroporids) are grown in a Nursery. These case studies will be added to our best management practices guide in the nursery structure section. We feel that this type of information, while relatively new and still being developed, is invaluable to our field and will help many practitioners progress more quickly towards their restoration goals.

How do you choose your nursery site?
The field based propagation working group is developing the nursery site selection portion of our best management practices and are looking for input from you on what your top 5 criteria for choosing your nursery site are. Please help us by filling out this quicksurvey. If you are working in more than one location/ country if you could please fill it out for each country we would appreciate it. We are trying to capture the variability of the locations and needs of many locations.

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