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Coral restoration training

Tag icon Education
  • coral ecology snorkel at Tumon Bay, Guam (Paul Selvaggio)
  • fertilization work at UNAM lab, Mexico (Paul Selvaggio)
  • closing seminar at Xavier University, The Philippines (Mike McCue)
  • Mitch Carl at SECORE kreisels, Puerto Rico 2007 (Ramon Villaverde)
  • 3months elkhorn coral at Henry's Doorly Zoo
  • Spawning work training Curacao with Valerie Chamberland (Paul Selvaggio)
We share our developed knowledge, methods and techniques, as well as a coral reproduction and ecology background in field and lab trainings.

Participants are scientists, aquarists, and students, as well as local stakeholders, authorities, and organizations―all people who study and work in the fields of coral reproduction, larval propagation, husbandry, coral settlement, restoration, MPA management and conservation. We combine lectures and seminars with hands-on practices in the lab. Where possible, we train field work, including coral spawning observations, collection of coral gametes and outplanting of raised corals.
People from all around the globe have joined our workshops over the years since 2005. Many are now taking an active part in helping coral reefs in need by implementing the learned techniques in local conservation projects, co-organizing workshops, starting local conservation efforts, and are spreading the word.

Training and workshop history

  • 2019 - the first workshop in the Dominican Republic was held together with FUNDEMAR, this year.
  • 2017 - ongoing, annual trainings Bahamas, held together with the Perry Institute of Marine Science and hosted at the Cape Eleuthera Institute. See more info at project Bahamas
  • 2015, two workshops in the Philippines were held in close collaboration with Xavier University, Mckeough Marine Center (Philippines) and Steinhart Aquarium (USA).
  • 2013 - ongoing, annual trainings Mexico, lead by Dr. Anastazia Banaszak and her team CORALIUM, el laboratorio de Investigacion Integral Para la Conservacion de Arrecifes (Integrative Reef Conservation Research), de Puerto Morelos (National Autonomous University of Mexico, UNAM), and local partners. See more info at project Mexico
  • 2013 - 2017, annual trainings Guam, have been hosted together with UnderWater World Guam and the University of Guam, on Guam.
  • 2009 - ongoing, annual trainings Curaçao, we hold at least one annual training as part of our ongoing coral restoration research project in collaboration with the CARMABI Foundation and the Curaçao Sea Aquarium, our long-term partners on Curaçao. Since 2016, we offer two trainings per year―one for scientists, aquarists, and students, and one for practitioners and stakeholders, respectively. See more info at project Curaçao
  • 2006 – 2009, the first field trainings/workshops were held annually in Puerto Rico.
  • 2005, first SECORE workshop ever! It was hosted at the Rotterdam Zoo (Netherlands).

So far, we hosted 37 joint trainings/workshops with 504 participants of 163 Institutions and from 31 countries or territories! *latest update Dec 2018

Training and workshop partners, funders and organizers

  • Aquarium of the Pacific
  • Atlantis Blue Project Foundation
  • Bahamas National Trust
  • Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation
  • California Academy of Sciences
  • Carmabi Foundation
  • Clyde & Conny Woodburn Foundation
  • Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
  • Comision National de Areas Naturales Protegidas (CONANP)
  • Consejo National de Ciencia y Tecnologia (CONACYT)
  • Curaçao Sea Aquarium
  • Disney Conservation Fund
  • Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
  • ILaboratorio de Investigación Integral para la Conservación de Arrecifes de la UNAM
  • Minnesota Zoo
  • Montei Foundation
  • Moody Gardens
  • University of North Carolina
  • Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium
  • Parque Nacional Arrecife de Puerto Morelos
  • Parque Nacional Costa Occidental Isla Mujeres Punta Cancun y Punta Nizuc
  • Perry Institute for Marine Sciences
  • Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
  • Reef Patrol
  • SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Conservation Fund
  • Secretaria de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (SEMARNAT)
  • Shedd Aquarium
  • Texas State Aquarium Association
  • The Cape Eleuthera Institute
  • The Green Foundation
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • TUI Cruises
  • Underwater World Guam
  • Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, UNAM)
  • University of Amsterdam
  • University of Guam
  • Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center Foundation
  • Volusia County Marine Science Center
  • WAZA – World Association of Zoos and Aquariums
  • WWF / Alianza Fundacion Carlos Slim
  • Xcaret Eco Parc


Meet our supporters

SECORE's lead partners are:

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
The Builders Initiative
The Ocean Foundation

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