Attending a talk by the University of Mauritius, one thing that definitely caught my attention was the idea of coral farming. So what is coral farming? It is basically “the cultivation of corals for commercial purposes or coral reef restoration” – they’re grown in nurseries until adult hood, and then replanted into their natural habitat. Why do I think coral farming is necessary? There was a mass coral bleaching event in the 90s, hence majority of our corals are now dead. Starting this new year, I strongly feel that coral reef restoration should be a national project. With enough interested parties and volunteers, hopefully our future generations will encounter more vivid underwater experiences where the colours seen aren’t only from the different fishes. However, if this is to be a reality, enough research must be done to not negatively impact the ecosystem.
Let’s colourise the decolourised in 2017!
Written by Laura Montano