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Coral Rearing In-situ Basin (CRIB)

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Jan 1, 2018

Miami, FL, USA

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SECORE International develops techniques to use sexually bred corals for sustainable, biodiverse coral restoration on larger scales, taking advantage of both scientists and engineers working in concert, as well as strong cooperation with partners worldwide. Breeding corals may be broken down into three simplified steps: I.) collecting coral spawn during natural spawning events and facilitating its fertilization; II.) culturing coral larvae to settle and metamorphose into coral polyps; III.) placing the young corals back into the wild.

A recent publication by SECORE scientists and co-authors at UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico) and Shedd Aquarium (US) in the peer-reviewed journal Restoration Ecology shows significant success in closing the gap to scale by settling many thousands of coral larvae in floating mesocosms (Settlement yields in large-scale in situ culture of Caribbean coral larvae for restoration, Miller, Latijnhouwers, et al. 2021). These mesocosms are called Coral Rearing In-situ Basins, or CRIBs, and can be used to produce large numbers of coral recruits without the need for land-based lab or aquaculture facilities. Hence, they can be applied in many locations where coral restoration is needed, but facilities are few.

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