In this webinar presented by Reef Resilience, Dr. Phanor H Montoya-Maya discusses the effectiveness of a large-scale coral restoration project in Seychelles, restoring coral reef ecosystem services, and building reef resilience and resistance to bleaching.
In 1998 coral bleaching in the Seychelles resulted in up to 97% loss of branching and plating corals. From 2005-2011 scientist observed a low level of recovery, 1% per year with low levels of coral settlement and loss of structural reef complexity. They realized a passive strategy to coral recovery was not working and the Reef Rescuers project was born. Reef Rescuers is the first large-scale coral transplantation project in the Indian Ocean. In 2011 Nature Seychelles launched the project with funding from USAID and Global Environmental Facility in an attempt to restore the structural complexity of coral reef with species that are resistance to bleaching and represent the corals of the Seychelles.