In this episode of Voice of the Sea, we're learning about the science and application of coral restoration. Researchers, at the DAR Ānuenue Fisheries Research Center and Coral Restoration Nursery, collect corals from construction sites, shipwrecks, and other opportunistic situations for study and research. Corals are brought to the facility, where they are rapidly grown—using a series of newly-developed techniques to help quickly generate large coral modules, which can be out-planted back on the reef. University of Hawaiʻi Sea Grant researchers are also conducting experiments at the Ānuenue facility to further understanding of the environmental conditions, like light and water movement, that are most useful for quickly growing corals for restoring our local reefs after bleaching and other catastrophic events.
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