Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium in Omaha (Nebraska, USA), has taken a global lead for coral reef conservation by becoming a Platinum Partner of SECORE’s Zoo and Aquarium Partnership Program. With the zoo’s help, SECORE will be able to produce thousands of seeding substrates for ongoing restoration efforts in the Caribbean.
Based on years of coral restoration research, supported by designers and engineers, SECORE and partners have developed a new generation of 3D printed settlement substrates that aim at meeting coral larvae's needs while equally fulfilling requirements for effective reef restoration. Right now, the first prototypes are being tested in the field.
The Mountainous Star Coral (Orbicella faveolata) is one of the toughest corals to use for coral reef restoration. Nevertheless, SECORE’s Mexican partner, the Integrative Reef Conservation Research Laboratory of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, managed to raise 15 recruits, which will be outplanted this summer.
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