Restoring endangered Staghorn and Elkhorn corals on Bonaire

Outplanted Elkhorn Corals
For 10 years, Reef Renewal Foundation Bonaire has been restoring the critically endangered Staghorn and Elkhorn corals on Bonaire. Through coral gardening techniques, the Acropora palmata and Acropora cervicornis are grown in our coral nurseries and are outplanted on the reef. Our restoration sites show that our methods have been successful, as our nursery-grown corals ...

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Coral spawning predictions for Bonaire 2022

Grooved Brain Coral Spawning
Coral spawning is a magical phenomenon that occurs when corals sexually reproduce, which happens every year on reefs around the world. The Caribbean Research and Management of Biodiversity (CARMABI) has published its 2022 coral spawning prediction calendar for Bonaire and the South Caribbean. With this report, our team at the Reef Renewal Foundation Bonaire has ...

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Caring for Coral in Bonaire

Many scientists believe we are at the stage where no part of Earth, from rainforests to ice caps to oceans, is free from human impact. It has been labeled the ‘era of mass extinction’, largely caused by humans. My PhD research explores how we, as individuals and as a society, can care more about the ...

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Announcing BEST2.0+ funding

Reef Renewal Foundation Bonaire is excited to announce to have received a grant provided by the IUCN through the BEST 2.0+ Programme funded by the European Commission, to further support the project “Larval propagation: an innovative technique to scale-up Bonaire’s reef restoration program” in partnership with SECORE International. Larval propagation techniques The project, which will ...

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Coral Studies: Coral thermal tolerance – By Serena Hackerott

Coral "stress hardening" Corals are vulnerable to multiple environmental stressors including nutrient pollution and rising ocean temperatures. In some cases, experiencing environmental stress can increase a coral’s ability to tolerate later stress exposures. Coral “stress hardening” (exposing corals to moderately stressful conditions with the goal of increasing their stress tolerance) has the potential to increase ...

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Experiencing Reef Renewal as an Intern

Reef Renewal Internship For the first time in over a year, the Reef Renewal Foundation welcomed two interns back to help the effort again. In this blog post, they would like to share their experiences from the past three months while working with us. Cheyenna has just graduated from coastal and marine management in the ...

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Measuring our Coral Reef Restoration Success

Coral Reef Restoration Success
The goal of our monitoring protocol is to assess the success and efficacy of the coral restoration effort through the collection of data like survival, coral condition (tissue health, disease, bleaching, predation, etc.) and growth. Our coral restoration monitoring methods, like traditional methods, have focused mainly on the survival and growth of individual outplanted coral ...

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Welcome Divi Dive Bonaire and VIP Diving

In a moment when responsible and sustainable tourism are greatly valued, Reef Renewal Foundation Bonaire (RRFB) is pleased to announce the addition of Divi Dive Bonaire and VIP Diving to the list of dive operators that are supporting the island reef restoration effort. Divi Dive staff getting ready to install coral nursery trees VIP Diving ...

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Assessing coral reef restoration success

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We are Anne Top and Sander Heijnens, two students from Wageningen University and coral lovers. After having read all about corals in the books, we thought it was time to go into action and investigate more about it for our Master thesis. So here we are on Bonaire, for three months, doing an internship with ...

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Education with a greater purpose

Education with a greater purpose
Jong Bonaire and Reef Renewal Foundation Bonaire have joined forces to educate and train Bonaire’s next generation of reef protectors. As part of this new project, four students from Jong Bonaire received training to learn coral nursery maintenance, coral propagation, and outplanting techniques. Jong Bonaire students learning how to hang and tie corals on nursery ...

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