Coral Restoration Curaçao (formerly Coral Restoration Foundation Curaçao) was set up in 2015 by the initiative of Ocean Encounters Diving Curacao.
After seeing the impact of the work that Coral Restoration Foundation was doing and the success of Coral Restoration Foundation Bonaire, Ocean Encounters was keen to bring this work to Curaçao. With the help and knowledge of Ken Nedimyer (founder of Coral Restoration Foundation) Coral Restoration Curaçao was created.
Staghorn (Acropora cervicornis) and Elkhorn (Acropora palmata) coral are two important coral species that exist in the Caribbean and Tropical Western Atlantic. They provide coastal protection, valuable habitats for fish and are key species in shallow water reef systems which are huge tourist attractions to many Caribbean islands.
Since the 1970’s there has been a huge collapse in the population of both Staghorn and Elkhorn coral, with only 3% of these species remaining.
There is no single reason for this decline in population and instead is a combination of many contributing factors, such as climate change, disease, the loss of important herbivores and coastal development.
These species are now classified as critically endangered and they need our help.
CRC works with “coral trees” which hold up to 60 fragments of both Elkhorn and Staghorn coral. These coral trees suspend the coral fragments in the middle of the water column and provide optimum conditions for these corals to grow. These fragments remain on the trees for 6-9 months before being outplanted back onto the reef.
By the end of 2019, CRC had a total of 3,300 corals hanging on coral trees across the coastline of Curaçao and 7500 corals had been outplanted back to the reefs.