Expedition Akumal is the name of our community initiative in Akumal, set up in 2014 by the Hotel Akumal Caribe, to begin coral reef restoration research and involve the diving community through education and outreach. We installed the first coral nurseries of Akumal in 2015, using the endangered species of coral Acropora cervicornis (Staghorn) to populate in-situ line nurseries. We have transplanted over 500 corals onto Akumal’s reefs and at any one time have hundreds of coral fragments growing in our nurseries. In 2016 we shifted the research focus towards emerging techniques designed to increased genetic diversity and resilience into the restored population. We made the first registered observation of coral spawning in Akumal in 2017 and over the past 2 years we have collected the gametes during mass spawning events, fertilised them in the lab, and created thousands of juvenile corals. Only a few will survive to adulthood, but we continue to move with and our research contributes to the rapidly developing science of coral reef restoration. To find out more about coral spawning our other activities you can read the blog here:
Expedition Akumal depends upon donations and in-kind support. By staying at the Hotel Akumal Caribe and diving with Akumal Dive Center, you are supporting the maintenance of coral nurseries. If you wish to make a direct donation to our non-profit organisation the link to our US partner charity can be found here and you can also contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out about other ways to donate.