Larger is Better

The body of knowledge in coral reef restoration and the experience of our team members highlight the importance of increasing the scale and diversity of coral reef restoration interventions – the number of transplanted corals, the extension of areas in rehabilitation, the number of trained people, the species and techniques used, etc., if we are to effectively promote and accelerate natural reef recovery and adaptation.

We are working towards scaling-up coral reef restoration by transferring our knowledge and experience in restoration ecology, large-scale coral gardening, implementing large-scale coral reef restoration projects, and engaging reef users – organizations and communities – in the application of science-based reef restoration strategies.

We are proud to report that since our inception (2017), we have:

Launched Más Grande, Más efectivo (Larger is Better), Corales de Paz´s flagship project to promote an increase in the scale of coral reef restoration efforts in Colombia.

Implemented Colombia´s first large-scale coral reef restoration project “Reef for All” in the Seaflower Biosphere Reserve, Southern Caribbean, in collaboration with CORALINA, Conservation International and other local organizations.

Raised a stock of 13.000 nursery-grown corals, and by late 2019 transplanted 5000 corals in a hectare of reefs in San Andres and Providencia islands.

Organized six international coral reef restoration training workshops (Maldives, Colombia, Seychelles, and Guam) in large-scale coral reef restoration, resulting in the professional development of 90 people.

Participated in the formation of the Coral Restoration Consortium and the Network of Coral Reef Restoration of the Tropical Pacific (Red PTO).

Created the Reef Repair Diver program to allow reef users to effectively assist scientists, reef managers, and reef practitioners in coral reef restoration efforts.

This method (micro-fragmentation) could potentially be extended to much larger scales to provide more sustainable sources of coral material and to fill knowledge gaps for cultivation of ‘slow growing’ species. Integration with an in-situ or ex-situ nursery phase for example could provide source material at scales previously not possible.

Forsman et al. 2015

…We posit that restoration practitioners can control factors such as the density, diversity, and identity of transplanted corals; site selection; and transplant design to restore positive feedback processes – or to disrupt negative feedback processes – in order to improve restoration success. 

Aslan et al. 2016

Enhanced natural coral settlement and recruit- ment resulting from coral transplantation holds great promise for the success and long- term sustainability of large-scale coral reef restoration, at least for those projects aimed at assisting the recovery of naturally degraded reefs in the Seychelles.

Montoya-Maya et al. 2016

Recent modeling of industrial-scale harvesting, development, and release of wild coral-spawn slicks onto reef indicates that the approach has the potential to achieve large-scale restoration of coral communities with low impact technology at low cost per colony.

Doropoulos et al. 2019

Only when we control the impacts that cause reef degradation in the first place, we can succeed at restoring or rehabilitating a coral reef. Although we can´t control natural impacts, we can indeed stop or reduce the impacts caused by our actions.

¿Want to see, experience or learn coral reef restoration?

Good. If you are a beginner snorkeler or diver, enroll in our very own one-day Discover Reef Repair Diver program. If you are a certified diver and want to do more, enroll in a 3-day Reef Repair Diver certification course that qualifies you to help our teams to restore coral reefs worldwide. You can start today learning online the theory component of the course.

¿Thinking of embarking on a coral reef restoration project?

We take coral reef restoration very seriously. Coral reef restoration is a long-term risky and demanding undertaking that requires sound science, preparation, commitment, and determination. Therefore, we have developed professional training workshops that provide an opportunity to understand current best practices in reef restoration and gain hands-on experience on effective coral reef restoration and other interventions for coral reef conservation. They include a solid foundation on restoration ecology, science-based strategies, and strong technical skills.

Training Workshops

Start your journey in coral reef restoration and have the opportunity to express the superhero or scientist in you. Start practicing meaningful diving with more people like you.

¿Do you Want to Do More to Protect Coral Reefs?

Discover our Responsible Diving System and Meaningful Diving Universe which offers your the knowledge and skills for you to start leaving a legacy of responsible coral reef use today from the comfort of your home or office. ¿Not SCUBA certified? No worries. You can still do lots to protect coral reefs. Enroll in one of our online, snorkel programs and or take a SCUBA Diving course with one of the dive centers that work with us. Contact us for indications of our partner dive centers.