|Photo taken by Dave Burdick.|
On July 25th, Australia, the UK, South Africa, the Philippines, and the U.S. These participants came just in time for coral spawning and they heard lectures, built aquaria, and collected coral larvae over the 10-day workshop period (July 25 – August 4). Participants observed coral spawning of Acropora humilis, Acropora surculosa, Goniastrea retiformis, Acropora abrotanoides, and Galaxea fascicularis in the ocean.
At the UOG Marine Laboratory, participants were able to witness spawning and collect coral gametes from Acropora humilis and Acropora surculosa (broadcast spawners) and collect coral larvae from Leptastrea purpurea (a brooder). The gametes that were collected from the spawners were allowed to fertilize and settle onto appropriate substrates in the laboratory. Over the coming months, the corals will grow in the lab until they have reached an appropriate size which will give them the best odds of survival when transplanted into the ocean. Along with the corals at the UOGML, there will also be coral growing in tanks at UWW once renovations have been completed (scheduled to be done in the next 6 months). These facilities at UWW will allow the public to see first-hand how the corals are growing and will also keep them updated on the project.
Some of the other goals of the SECORE project on Guam are:
1) The creation of a small coral nursery in the ocean. The nursery will provide a place for baby corals to grow in ambient conditions and will also provide insight into the differences between ambient and laboratory conditions and their affect on coral growth and health.
2) To expand its efforts to more species of Acropora corals, specifically those of the staghorn variety. On Guam large patches of these corals have undergone significant decline over the years. With the help of the SECORE project, Guam may be able to help these staghorn patches regenerate, restoring patches of reef and ecosystem function.
The Guam SECORE project is a multiyear coral conservation program focusing on developing new techniques for large-scale coral reef restoration. As the project continues, look for more/new information on the SECORE website (www.secore.org). You can also contact the local partners in charge of this project: Dr. Laurie Raymundo at the UOG Marine Laboratory, Mr. Mike McCue at UWW, and Mr. Dave Burdick with the Bureau of Statistics and Plans—Guam Coastal Management Program.
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Friday, August 28, 2013
Location: Hagatna, Guam