Phase 1 - Artificial Reefs
We are building concrete "coral castles" to be placed in the ocean and give polyps a sturdy place to live and to provide habitat for fish. These structures are made with PH neutral cement and various other materials - such as, PVC, chicken wire and rebar. We are fast approaching 50 structures under water, which was our goal for 2018.
Phase 2 - Farming Coral
Collecting coral for growth
After 3 persistent years, the country of Panama finally awarded us permits to grow coral. Our first action was to find staghorn coral colonies and collect coral fragments that had naturally separated from branches. We transported those back to our site and into a nursery where they are kept before attaching to coral trees for growth. The staghorn and elkhorn corals growing on trees are doing very well and are almost ready to be clipped to start a 2nd generation.
We are currently in the process of setting up land based tanks so other coral species can be farmed.
Phase 3 - Planting Coral
We have begun with a small number of outplanted corals to see if they take to the new environment. So far so good!
Phase 4 - Share the Love
Once our nursery is up and running and our theories of reef rebuilding have been proven we will take our knowledge to the community and help to rebuild reefs all over the archipelago of Bocas del Toro.
The Hero of our Project:
mUsa (the boat)
MUSA was donated to us by Ted Hannig and is the perfect vessel to transport the castles from land to the ocean floor. We planted more than 50 structures in 2018 with MUSA’s help and are looking forward to what’s to come.