|Coral Lines nursery has more than 1000 coral |
|Our nursery marker|
|Planting up a coral line with Acropora humilis|
First we have our guest experience. Upon donation, you are invited to accompany myself or Vaidas to come and plant the corals yourself! We take you to our floating Castaway, with beautiful 360 degree views of the lagoon, and choose a coral species. We then fragment the colony into small pieces and place 50 fragments inside the 5m length of rope. Each fragment is measured, the rope is weighed, and we freedive down to insert your rope into the nursery. Whilst the guest experience is one of the most important aspects of the project (without your kind donations, it simply wouldn’t be possible to pull this project off), we also do a lot of work behind the scenes to keep your corals healthy!
So what actually goes on?
|Transport cage for corals of opportunity|
|Freshly cleaned up Acropora vermiculata fragment|
|Another A. vermiculata fragment, infested by what |
we suspect is a type of sponge.
|Myself and Vaidas, updating our |
Coral Lines database
This work being complete, we head back to the desk to update our ever growing database we call the ‘Reef Library’. All the measurements and qualitative notes are placed into the Reef Library, from which we can begin to calculate all kinds of statistics. We are currently working on a report using easy to read graphics which we will make available within the next month on our Coral Lines website (http://lines.lankanfushi.com) so that our readers can see what your donations are going towards, the percentage of corals in the nursery still alive, and how much all of our corals are growing through time!
We are also working on planting a purely experimental nursery…
So keep checking our blog for updates !
Article written by Deborah Burn, posted on her behalf.