Rehabilitation of coral reefs, using sexual reproduction


Fragmentation or transplantation are commonly used to restore damaged coral reefs. One of the disadvantages of these methods is the reduction of the coral population's genetic diversity, making it more vulnerable to environmental impacts. Furthermore, this approach is labour intensive and benefits can only be accomplished at a limited scale.

Therefore, Blue Linked uses an innovative approach in coral rehabilitation projects: sexual reproduction techniques. We developed a mobile coral breeding laboratory which can be applied at any project location, including a manual with practical guidelines.


Coral embryos (photo: J. Craggs).
Coral embryos (photo: J. Craggs).
Coral reef, Bonaire (photo: M. Laterveer).
Coral reef, Bonaire (photo: M. Laterveer).
Grouper (photo: M. Laterveer).
Grouper (photo: M. Laterveer).