New “Chip” For Identifying Endangered Corals Could Aid Conservation Efforts

A newly developed genotyping “chip” allows researchers to genetically identify corals and the symbiotic algae that live within the coral’s cells. This new tool is a vital step for establishing and maintaining genetic diversity in reef restoration efforts. A paper…

Top 10 Corals to Spot in the Gardens of the Queen, Cuba

Coral Spotting in Cuba Gardens of the Queen, a protected archipelago off the southern coast of Cuba, is renowned for their healthy population of sharks and mature fish. But coral diversity in the park can be just as spectacular, especially…

Coral Restoration Foundation Massive Caribbean Coral Gene Bank

Coral Gene Bank The Coral Restoration Foundation™ is building a massive Caribbean coral gene bank along the coasts of southern Florida. The underwater haven for corals currently holds 303 coral genotypes across 10 species, including the massive reef-building corals Orbicella faveolata,…

WATCH: How To Grow Coral From Coral Spawning – SciFri and Georgia Aquarium

SciFri and scientist from the Georgia aquarium show us how they are raising Caribbean Acropora corals from gametes collected during spawning events. Once gametes are fertilized planula larvae are either release back onto the reef to settle and grow or brought…

Corals Spawn More Than You Think! Video Of Coral Spawning In Bonaire
Caribbean Coral Spawning It's that time of year again when corals around the Caribbean synchronize for one night of release. But did you know coral aren't restricted to a single night of spawning each year? It is widely believed that coral…
Caribbean Coral Diaries: Acropora prolifera

Acropora prolifera  Acropora prolifera is the most unique and perhaps most difficult species of coral to identify in the Caribbean. Acorpora prolifera is a hybrid of Acropora cervicornis and Acropora palmata so it’s difficult to predict just how this coral will…

Caribbean Coral Diaries: Acropora cervicornis

Acropora cervicornis Acropora cervicornis is an iconic Caribbean coral and one every scuba diver should know how to identify. In the Caribbean, there are three species of Acropora which are essential for creating complex habitats and buffering the coastline. Acropora cervicornis grows into cylindrical branches…

Friday Smorgasbord: Drifting Plastics, GBR Value, Reef Rescue and Whales

This week’s Friday Smorgasbord has a conservation feel to it. We didn’t set out that way, but these compelling videos that captured our attention just set the theme. We first start with just where that plastic in our oceans ends…

Incredible video of Staghorn coral spawning

Each year, researchers from all over the world come together in August in coral nurseries off the coast of Florida to witness one of the most stunning events in nature, coral spawning. This multi-institutional task force meets every year to help the…

Reefbuilders Travelogue: Corals of the Dominican Republic

After spending last weekend at the Reef-A-Palooza Orlando show we decided to hop on a plane and check out some Caribbean corals in the Dominican Republic. We travelled from the capital city of Santo Domingo around the coast to Punta…