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Active Coral Restoration
Active Coral Restoration

Active Coral Restoration

Techniques for a Changing Planet



636 Pages, 7 x 10

Formats: Cloth, EPUB

Cloth, $99.95 (US $99.95) (CA $134.95)

Publication Date: May 2021

ISBN 9781604271430

Rights: US, CA & AU

J. Ross Publishing (May 2021)
J. Ross Tech


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Coral reefs around the world are in peril and approximately half of the world’s coral cover has been lost since 1970 due to impacts from climate change, pollution, disease, and fishing practices that can destroy entire reefs. This rate of decline has been quite rapid, particularly when compared to the average rate of growth for a healthy coral in the wild. This ratio of decline to growth had diminished hope among scientists that coral reefs could eventually restore themselves over time. However, with the new technologies of active coral restoration, optimism has returned. Active coral restoration includes procedures for growing corals fast and efficiently, while also being able to genetically select for traits of natural resistance and resiliency that help them to survive water temperature increases, bleaching, and diseases. These cultured corals are grown in various types of nurseries and then outplanted to restoration sites. Until now, there has not been a book which brings to light this marvelous, game-changing practice of active coral restoration.Active Coral Restoration: Techniques for a Changing Planet is a timely, comprehensive volume that provides a foundational understanding of the current and emerging practices and technologies used for active coral reef restoration projects around the world. Edited by David E. Vaughan, this work contains contributed chapters written by some of the foremost authorities on coral reef restoration. It is a must have for all practitioners of coral reef restoration, including research scientists, resource managers, aquarists, volunteers, students of marine science, and policy makers.Key Features-- First-ever comprehensive volume on the practice of active coral reef restoration -- Provides an overview of the history of coral restoration and the transition to active coral restoration-- Demonstrates new and emerging methods and technologies for active coral restoration, including fragmentation and micro-fragmentation, coral fusion and skinning, coral larvae capture and rearing, and assisted evolution for coral resistance and resilience-- Offers strategies on how to set up land- and field-based coral nurseries -- Contains over 200 color figures and photographs to illustrate important concepts and procedures-- Includes 11 relevant case studies from around the world to highlight key principles and success stories within restoration projects; case studies include Belize, the Seychelles, the Red Sea, Mexico, Australia, Costa Rica, the Line Islands, Indonesia, Florida, Bonaire, and the Dominican Republic-- WAV includes valuable downloadable record sheets for environmental data, daily raceway maintenance, coral growth and health, mechanical maintenance at land-based nursery, and field nursery/outplant site for coral growth and health, available from the Web Added Value Download Resource Center at

Author Biography

Dr. David E. Vaughan has held positions in aquaculture research and development for over 30 years. He directed the Aquaculture Division at Harbor Brach Oceanographic Institution (HBOI) for 17 years, including the design, build, and operation of the 60-acre HBOI Aquaculture Development Park, the world’s only completely recirculating center for aquaculture training and demonstration. He is often cited with creating the R&D and scale-up of clam farming technologies in Florida and directing the training programs and operations of the nation’s largest hatchery to produce clams used for retraining displaced fisherman. Vaughan founded and developed Oceans, Reefs, and Aquariums Inc. (ORA), a large marine ornamental production facility for producing thousands of reef fish as well as hard and soft corals for the aquarium trade. He has also worked with Philippe Cousteau at Earth Echo International on international coral reef restoration initiatives. As the Executive Director of the Mote Marine Laboratory Elizabeth Moore Center for Coral Reef Research and Restoration in the Florida Keys for 15 years, he started the Coral Reef Restoration Program. Through this program, he was heralded with being the first to develop the new technology of coral micro-fragmentation. Through micro-fragmentation, massive corals grow very quickly to reproductive size, which dramatically improves the rate at which coral reefs can be restored. In 2017 he received the Chicago Field Museum Parker/Gentry Award as “Conservationist of the Year” for his work with coral restoration and serves as an adjunct scientist at the Field Museum of Chicago.