Many marine conservation projects are focused on coral replanting, and the concept is the same as planting a tree. Ocean Quest uses an all-natural method for biological coral rehabilitation.
1 – CORAL RECOVERY
After analyzing the potential of the propagation site, divers recover fragments of coral and living rocks and bring them back to the coast.
2 – CUTTING
The 2 cm fragments of coral are attached to the rocks using a catalyst. Two weeks later, this agent is dissolved leaving no trace of toxins, glues or unnatural elements.
3 – NURSERY MANAGEMENT
The coral is then placed in a temporary nursery area to promote its growth. After several months, it grows considerably, reaching 10 cm.
4 – TRANSPLANTATION OF THE CORAL
Divers then transplant this coral to the initial collection site in order to replace the damaged coral.
5 – REEF MANAGEMENT
The final challenge is to preserve and monitor the growth of the coral reef by raising awareness and involving local communities.
Replanting allows for the creation of a self-sufficient natural habitat which is constantly growing in addition to a source of food for marine species. However, particular attention must be paid to certain coral rehabilitation techniques (artificial coral reefs, use of grids, PVC pipes, electrolysis, etc.) which sometimes have even more harmful consequences on the ocean and can contribute to its deterioration!