Conservation and Restoration Practices for Coral Reefs

Author(s): Lindsay E Cope

Year: 2018


Coral Reef ecosystems are composed of sessile colonies that have evolved over thousands of years. The rate of loss of these important and unique ecosystems is heightened by climate change and acute human impacts and their conservation is important for marine life and coastal communities. Many strategies are being used to protect coral reefs including marine protected areas, artificial reefs, and coral gardening. Coral gardening is gaining momentum as communities and scientists work to rebuild damaged reefs, preserve endangered species, and to develop nurseries to help reefs recover after disturbance events. The methodologies for in situ coral gardening are simple yet intensive and requires a commitment to a monitoring and maintenance schedule and out planting plan. Coral gardening is an opportunity to engage coastal communities in the development and maintenance of coral gardens, enhancing coastal management practices, and possibly informing behavior change to better preserve these precious resources for future generations.

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Conservation and Restoration Practices for Coral Reefs. Lindsay E Cope. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441259)

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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 919