Mobile laboratory for coral rehabilitation

Blue Linked conceptualized and developed a mobile lab for coral culture using sexual reproduction techniques as a method for coral rehabilitation.

In transportable containers, fertilization techniques are carried out with eggs and sperm, obtained from corals off the reef. After fertilization, the embryos develop into larvae that settle on special substrates in the lab. Each settled larvae grows into a new coral colony that can be placed on the reef. Facilities in the mobile lab enable scientific research.

By culturing the vulnerable coral larvae in the laboratory, their chance of survival is higher than under natural conditions. This makes the method very promising for projects such as the Coral Rehabilitation Initiative of Van Oord Dredging and Marine Contractors.
Michael Laterveer, author of the mobile lab (photo: M. Laterveer-de Beer).
Michael Laterveer, author of the mobile lab (photo: M. Laterveer-de Beer).

Scale up of coral culture techniques

The mobile lab forms the missing link for the up-scaling of already proven coral breeding techniques. The containers can be placed at any location to mitigate the environmental impacts of very large coastal infrastructure projects. Besides the conceptualization and design of the mobile lab, Blue Linked composed a Book of Protocols necessary to perform the breeding procedures in the field.

Marine construction projects worldwide increasingly face stringent environmental requirements. The Dutch company Van Oord launched the mobile lab for coral culture under the name ‘ReefGuard’.
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