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RESTORING THE CORAL REEF

COSTA RICA CORAL RESTORATION

Corals only cover 0.2% of the Earth’s surface, yet they are home to 25% of
marine life. In the last 30 years, more than 50% of the world’s coral reefs
have died. Innoceana is dedicated to being part of the solution to this
problem thanks to the collaboration with the local non-profit association Costa Rica Coral Restoration.
Over the last two years we have dedicated ourselves to studying and
monitoring Marino Ballena National Park to evaluate the best restoration strategy. We have now begun the active restoration plan: collecting
super coral fragments, growing them in our lab, relocating them to nurseries in the ocean, and finally transplanting the coral to a reef structure.
We hope this will lead to the growth of healthy reefs in this area, where
over 80% of the coral reef has already been lost.
Our impact: Initiating restoration efforts for one of the most destroyed
coral reefs in Costa Rica, in Marino Ballena National Park.

105

FRAGMENTS

Of coral rescued and re-planted

4

NURSERIES

Of coral installed in the ocean to
plant the fragments

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