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
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.