Bali Aquarium Pushes Mariculture to the Next Level

20 years ago, Bali Aquarium was the first company to start commercial mariculture in Indonesia and 3 years ago, it created its own reef restoration and reef education program, called Ocean Gardener (www.oceangardener.org). Since then, they have put the tremendous…

When Coral Farms Become Coral Reefs

You would be forgiven for thinking the image above is a picture of a perfect coral reef but it is in fact a crop of coral planted there by a coral farmer. And when I say a ‘Coral Farmer’ I’m…

Explore a Bio-Rock reef in Permuteran Bay – Indonesia

Permuteran Bay is located on the Northern coast of Bali Indonesia. The reefs here, once heavily damaged by fishing are on the rebound thanks to the creative Bio-Rock reef. Indonesian is a pioneer in reef restoration and Bio-Rock reef in Permuteran Bay is…

Fragments of hope is an example of reef restoration done right

Laughing Bird Caye National Park in Southern Belize is home to one of the Caribbean’s more successful reef restoration projects. With over 30,000 coral fragments planted to date, Fragments of Hope is a true ray of hope for the future…

Reef Builders Indonesia Travelogue – Menjangan Island and Permuteran Bay

Last week we had the opportunity to dive the North West coast of Bali. We did two spectacular wall dives off Menjangan Island and visited the Bio-Rock reef project in Permuteran Bay. First up Menjangan Island is located 5km (3 miles) off  shore from…

How to build a coral reef using frag plugs and empty bottles

Take one look at your reef tank and you won’t have to look far to find a frag plug. While most of our corals come on ceramic discs or squares, frag plugs come in all shapes and sizes. Frag plugs…

Friday Smorgasbord: Oyster restoration, testing seabirds and more

The first May edition of the Friday Smorgasbord has some choice cuts to finish your workweek. First off we have this interesting report about reef restoration — oyster reef restoration that is. Like many of our waterways, the Chesapeake Bay is…