May 26th, 2015
Curacao’s First Coral Nursery Is A Fact!
Coral Restoration Foundation Curacao successfully set up the first coral nursery on Curacao between May 19th and May 24th. The initial set up consists of 10 “trees” located on the house reef of Ocean Encounters and Lions Dive and Beach Resort.
These “trees” will provide a safe nurturing environment for fragments of Elkhorn (Acropora palmata) and Staghorn (Acropora cervicornis) until they are ready to restore our reefs.
Coral Restoration Foundation International
Collection, installation and training was conducted by experts from the Coral Restoration Foundation International, Ken Nedimyer (Founder and President), Denise Nedimyer, and Mike Echevarria (Chairman CRFI), as well as Coral Restoration Foundation Bonaire’s Augusto Montburn and Francesca Virdis.
“This was an extraordinary team effort, with experts from our region coming together to help launch a program to restore the shallow water reef system for our community. It’s an amazing feeling to give these corals another opportunity to grow, as 100% of the fragments we collected were already broken, lying on the sea floor.”
Jeremiah Peek, Managing Director of Ocean Encounters Diving
A project launch party was held May 22nd at Hemingway’s to celebrate this achievement with the local community.
Support CRF Curacao
Support for this project through sponsorship and charitable donations is integral for success and volunteers will be needed for regular nursery maintenance and care. Become a CRFC volunteer, like CRF Curacao on Facebook and help the foundation by making a donation!