Coral gardening beckons ecotourists to restore reefs
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Coral reefs are fragile and in danger worldwide, but a growing movement to restore them is based on the science of breaking off pieces in order to grow more, known as coral gardening. It works like this: marine biologists cut off the tips of live branching corals, hang the pieces on man-made underwater trees where they grow, and later "outplant" them on real reefs on the ocean floor. After years of trial and error, scientists in Florida are now bringing their methods to the public -- via diving trips, ecotourism outings and summer camps for teens -- to counter the harmful effects of climate change, pollution and industrial development. "It is just like if you had a rosebush in your garden. As you prune that rosebush back, it grows back healthier, bushier, a little more lively," explains Stephanie Schopmeyer, senior research associate at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine Science, which runs a program called Rescue a Reef that allows citizen scientists to join the project.
Sheridan, K. (2015, July 9). Coral gardening beckons ecotourists to restore reefs. Manila Bulletin, p. B9.
Coral reefs; Ecotourism; Environmental impact; Climatic changes; Pollution control; Coral reef conservation; Coral reef restoration; Artificial reefs; Ocean floor; Polyps; Habitat; Overfishing; Acidification; Marine scientists; Coral farming; University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine Science; Schopmeyer, Stephanie; Besemer, Nicole; Lirman, Diego; Fiji, Israel
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