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Transplanting Coral on our Nursery

As most of you will have seen we moved the dive centre over November, now we are settled it was time to get out and tend to the nursery.  The first job was to find some coral that had recently been broken off. Coral gets damaged in many ways, a small amount gets broken off by divers, some by water movement, fish or just gravity taking affect as the coral structures grow too big for the base to support it. Naturally occurring damage is actually good for the reef as it breaks off and dies it will become rubble or rock which in turn provides new places to for organisms to live and grow.  This has always been the natural order of things akin to ‘survival of the fittest’ which ultimately is key to survival.

Bleaching

The first dive of the day was a Twins.This dive site is always a good dive and perfect for all levels of diver. We started by heading into the shallows to find the garden of branching corals to the east of the pinnacles. In 2010 we suffered a bleaching event that killed off over 70% of all of our branching coral. This is one of the reasons why we tend to concentrate our efforts on trying to conserve our branching coral around the island. Today was the first time I’d seen it since we closed in October and the reef looked in great shape with nice, new coral growth.

Transplanted Coral

Once we had located some broken coral we needed to be a little bit selective so that it suited the new home it was  going to. We collected what we needed and headed back to the boat. Back on the boat I start placing each bit of the coral into piping which holds the coral in place. With all the corals now sitting in their holders it was time for the second dive which was at Pottery Pinnacles where we attached it to our own coral nursery.

If you want to know more about the ocean and other conservation projects, you can take the BSAC Marine Conservation Course running every week here at Master Divers.

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