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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Job Opening: Reef Renewal Technician

The job opening Reef Renewal Technician is closed for all applicants. Reef Renewal Foundation Bonaire (RRFB) is a non-profit organization which mission is to protect and assist the reefs’ natural recovery restore coral reefs in Bonaire by: propagating, outplanting, and monitoring of genetically diverse corals developing new and innovative ways to restore reefs that are ...

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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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Reef Renewal Foundation Bonaire celebrates 10 years of coral restoration

It has been 10 years since the first coral nursery was installed in Bonaire, kick-starting the island coral restoration project and giving a helping hand to our beautiful and endangered coral reefs. Fast forward to today, and Reef Renewal Foundation Bonaire (RRFB) is a successful organization, recognized worldwide for its tangible restoration results, the continued ...

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Job Opening: Communication & Development Officer – CLOSED

Reef renewal bonaire team
Our mission Reef Renewal Foundation Bonaire (RRFB) is an NGO, non-profit organization dedicated to assist the recovery of deteriorated coral reef areas in Bonaire, using active coral restoration as a strategy to preserve and enhance the population of coral species, by: Propagating, outplanting and monitoring of genetically diverse corals Developing new and innovative ways to ...

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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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