Best Practices

A synthesis of the latest science and practice on coral restoration has been created to provide managers and practitioners with a guide to best management practices in restoration. This toolkit of resources is available through the Reef Resilience Network’s Restoration Module and is a partnership between the Reef Resilience Network and other Coral Restoration Consortium organizations who have provided expert content and reviews, including SECORE International, NOVA Southeastern, Coral Restoration Foundation, Mote Marine Lab, and The Florida Aquarium, and The Nature Conservancy’s Florida and Caribbean Programs.

The Restoration Module includes topics such as:

  • An introduction to restoration and the role of restoration within a larger management and resilience context
  • Guidance and considerations to make when planning a restoration project or program
  • How to restore coral populations, including coral gardening for branching and boulder corals, enhancing larval recruitment, and monitoring transplanted corals
  • How to restore coral reef substrate, including adding new substrate and enhancing existing substrate
  • How to restore the environment around coral reefs, including restoring connected coastal habitats like seagrasses and mangroves