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Field Workshop Mexico 2016

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  • Dr. Anastazia Banaszak (Paul Selvaggio)
  • elkhorn coral stand (Paul Selvaggio)
  • collecting elkhorn coral spawn (ReefPatrol)
  • macro of spawning elkhorn coral (ReefPatrol)
  • labwork during spawning night at UNAM (Paul Selvaggio)
  • fertilization at Xcaret (Paul Selvaggio)
Following three successful workshops in 2013, 2014 and 2015, a fourth SECORE workshops was held in 2016 at the Reef Systems Academic Unit (National Autonomous University of Mexico, UNAM) located in Puerto Morelos.

The workshop addresses coral conservation and restoration, especially regarding the endangered elkhorn coral (Acropora palmata), but also other coral key species. A theoretical background is given by lectures on coral reproduction, using sexual reproduction of corals for restoration and conservation. We monitor coral spawning and collect spawn in the field. Laboratory work is accomplished in teams—at UNAM's Reef Systems Academic Unit and at Xcaret Eco Park Mexico—and comprises fertilization, large-scale coral larvae rearing, as well as settlement of recruits on the same scale.

The Team


Puerto Morelos Reef National Park (CONANP)



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