It is only within the last few decades that we have been able to closely observe and study the world of coral reef systems.
With the invention of the Aqua-lung by Jacques Cousteau and his introduction to the underwater world through writings and films, the awareness and ability to explore and research this remarkable environment progressed rapidly.
Through the use of ever –improving technologies, a new understanding of the importance and complexity of coral reefs was acknowledged. Unfortunately, we did not learn nearly enough, fast enough to be able to predict what has happened to our marine ecosystems in the last ten to fifteen years.
Within that time period, we have had to drastically accelerate our learning curve in an effort to save the very structures that we recognized were so vital to the balance of the entire ecosystem. We owe a lot to a few very dedicated people who had the foresight and the practical knowledge to begin coral nursery development. These people, using insights gained by trial and error, began discovering the nuances of what coral requires in the way of temperatures, chemical composition of the water they live in, currents, and lighting. Many of these early pioneers were dedicated to preserving coral species for aquariums and hobbyists. It seemed a very real possibility this might be the only way to keep them from becoming extinct.
During the next few years, an evolution of comprehension developed around the propagation and maintenance of many coral species. Aquariums, both private and public were able to display and share the beauty of coral reef environments. An entire new industry was created around the process of replication and sustainability of corals.
It was not long before a few of these developers realized that they were on the cusp of creating something much bigger. The idea of “Coral Restoration” for our dying reefs was born. Through the efforts of a few astute individuals, it has become a reality. The result, after over fifteen years of using technologies and techniques gained in land-based coral nurseries and transferring that practical education back to the sea, is the promise of making a real impact toward restoring some of our most vital off-shore reef systems.
On these pages, you will be able to find stories, descriptions and links to the technologies and methodologies regarding the science of coral restoration. As new discoveries are made and new capabilities are established we will keep you informed here.