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Posted: October 17, 2016
Coral nurseries established in eight of Malampaya Foundation’s marine conservation sites have been utilised for coral transplantation in degraded, damaged and destroyed reef areas due to dynamite and poison fishing.
The coral nurseries, established and cared for together with respective recipient communities and volunteer eco-divers, were transplanted after the coral bleaching forecast that ended in September of this year. Growth and survival rate of corals of opportunity in the nurseries is over 95% with evident fast growth upon attachment to plugs in ropes.
The transplantation, which is part of MFI’s assisted reef rehabilitation efforts, follows the protocol established by renowned marine scientists such as Dr. Alasdair Edwards, Dr. David Fisk and Dr. Edgardo Gomez.
The assisted rehabilitation activity was undertaken in several barangays in the municipalities of Linapacan, Taytay, El Nido, Coron and Culion in Palawan, and in Pinamalayan in Oriental Mindoro.