The project focuses on restoring and protecting coral species of local concern. Two field training workshops how to use sexual coral reproduction for restoration efforts were held in 2013 and 2014, co-organized by Underwater World Guam (UWW) and the University of Guam (UOG). Participants were local stakeholders, international and local aquarium specialists and scientists, as well as students.
Mike McCue, Curator of Underwater World Guam (UWW), is coordinating the project locally and started a public awareness and educational program in cooperation with UOG. Since 2013, UWW has installed a public laboratory at its facilities where visitors can learn about coral reproduction and conservation and get a tour behind the scene.
After the mass spawning in 2015, over 1000 larvae of two Acropora species were settled on tiles and are now reared in a floating nursery. The nursery was installed during the 2013 and 2014 workshops and is located at Piti Marine Preserve. We plan to develop additional outplanting sites, as well as an underwater visitor's site, where tourists can learn about coral ecology, reef restoration and protection.
With the support of the Aquarium of the Pacific's team, spawning work continued in 2016; including work with Acropora abrotanoides that has never been cultured in this way before.