As a coral expert, Blue Linked is involved in the Coral Farm project. Forty species of stone corals are cultured at the location of EcoDeco in Utrecht (The Netherlands). In the hatchery around 2,000 coral colonies show a prosperous development.
On the advise of Blue Linked, herbivorous animals were released in the culture system in order to reduce the development of algae. The algae inhibit coral growth, as they attach themselves to the coral colonies. Some time ago, snails, hermit crabs and fish were added to the tank where the corals are kept. It soon became clear how efficient they are in grazing the algae from the coral colonies. A successful intervention, which benefits the output of coral colonies from the Coral Farm.
MichaŽl Laterveer of Blue Linked (left) and Tim Wijgerde, PhD student at Wageningen University (right), release fish into the coral culture system (photo: M. Laterveer-de Beer).
Ton Langenberg of Marine Water Systems assists in the inspection of the livestock shipment (photo: M. Laterveer-de Beer).