Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean (January 5, 2015): The Coral Restoration Foundation (CRF) Bonaire is proud to announce that on December 10th a new coral nursery has been installed on the island. In total five new coral trees, all sponsored by the Tourism Corporation Bonaire and WWF, have been placed at shallow depths in front of the Harbour Village Resort. The placing of the new coral trees was a unique cooperation by the CRF Bonaire and CRF USA, with the help of the Bonaire Marine Park Manager Ramon de Leon and Great Adventures Bonaire staff.
The new nursery will be maintained by Great Adventures Bonaire, officially a new CRF Bonaire Dive shop member, with a capacity of producing approximately 500 Staghorn and Elkhorn corals on a yearly basis. The newly harvested corals from this nursery will be transplanted to the degraded parts of the reef on Bonaire.
About the Coral Restoration Foundation Bonaire
The CRF Bonaire project started as an idea by Buddy Dive Resort Bonaire and the Coral Restoration Foundation USA to achieve the main and most important objective: preserve and restore the reefs on Bonaire. Today the CRF Bonaire has transplanted 3000 corals to five different restoration sites on the Island with a total nursery capacity of more than 7000 corals.
The CRF Bonaire strongly believes that community involvement is the key to the overall success of the project. The foundation hopes that soon more dive shops will join forces with Buddy Dive Resort Bonaire and Great Adventures Bonaire to accomplish their objectives. For more information visit www.crfbonaire.org
About the Coral Restoration Foundation USA
The Coral Restoration Foundation (CRF) is a nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to creating offshore nurseries and restoration programs for threatened coral species. CRF is leading the development of new nursery and restoration techniques. Tens of thousands of corals are grown and maintained in multiple offshore nurseries. After a year in the nursery, corals are out planted to a degraded reef. With the help of students, volunteers, scientists, dive operators, public aquariums, and community groups, thousands of corals grown in CRF’s nurseries have already been out planted on coral reefs. For more information visit www.coralrestoration.org
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