Last week, Coral Restoration Foundation Bonaire began transplanting corals at a brand new restoration site! Volunteers, interns, and team members worked diligently to transplant the first 150 corals at the new site in town, which is located on Playa Lechi, near the recreational swimming area. Easily accessible to snorkelers by shore, this is the first of four sites that will be restored with the Dutch Government fund, “Natuurgelden BES”, received this year to further develop the foundation’s activities.
The project, that will continue throughout 2017, includes the restoration of the population of staghorn corals at four different sites for a total area of 600 m2, at which more than 5000 healthy, nursery-reared, staghorn corals will be transplanted. The survival and growth will be closely monitored over time.
With this project, Coral Restoration Foundation Bonaire will take the next steps in actively restoring Bonaire’s coral populations and will continue raising awareness about the urgency of protecting our reefs.