This expedition is for experienced scuba divers or certified Reef Check EcoDivers divers who want to assist with coral gardening projects around the world. You will upgrade your Meaningful Diving training to Reef Repair Diver. After completing the program, you will understand when active reef restoration is required; describe how we are trying to bring coral reefs back to life; be able to stock, maintain and monitor corals in underwater nurseries; be able to outplant nursery-grown corals with cement at restoration sites.
In this expedition, you will be trained by the team who implemented Colombia’s largest coral reef rehabilitation project, the Reef for All project, at the Seaflower Biosphere Reserve. In its first year of the Reef for All project, eight underwater rope nurseries were built with the capacity to grow at least 16,000 fragments of different coral reef species. The initial stock was 13468 fragments of four species of hard corals. In 2018 we started outplanting nursery-grown corals and by January 2020, we have outplanted 6522 nursery-grown corals, which has resulted in average increased of 41% in live coral cover at intervened sites and an ecological footprint (area in rehabilitation) of ca 4.5 hectares.