As my PhD research progresses, I am fine tuning my interest to questions regarding coral restoration and its potential positive effects on reef fish communities. I recently came across this amazing course that will be offered Jan 3 2015 in Nassau. Offered by Stuart Cove Dive Bahamas and the Nature Conservancy, you will learn “coral identification, biology, reproduction, why coral nurseries are […]
Our lab recently published a paper on fish behavior before and after an oyster reef restoration effort in Jupiter, Florida (paper here – scroll down to page 140). The restoration consisted of adding bags of dead oyster shell, which then provided a base for settlement of new live oysters. The small reefs were rapidly colonized by oyster spat and small shrimp, crabs and […]
A summary of Eddy’s coral restoration presentation over at the TNC site,
more on Operation Forest here and here, and a nice slideshow here.
These proactive efforts to restore reefs are becoming a common
component of conservation and management strategies.