Coral Nursery Workshop at Junkyard

Junkyard Reef is the brainchild of Nathan from Eco Koh Tao. We often dive at this reef so it’s great to have the opportunity to help out with some work on the reef.

Cleaning Ascidians
Cleaning Ascidians

Ascidians are sea squirts and are not bad but they are prolific at Junkyard. They grow very quickly, faster than coral and are therefore swamping nursery efforts as they are smothering growth.   So we had a team with loo brushes clean.

Ascidians
Ascidians

Next we wanted to help out transplanting some coral. To do this we have to collect coral from the sand that has been broken off .  To transplant this onto the reef we first place it  within a rope so that if can be attached to the metal framework underwater.

Making the rope nurseries.
Making the rope nurseries.

The rope and coral need to be snug so that the coral can grow on a stable surface.

Rope nurseries!
Rope nurseries!

You can see what a successful transplant and growth looks like below….stay tuned for more updates.

Successful growth
Successful growth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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