The coral reef restoration method involves three stages:
- Identification and collection of fragments at risk
- Propagation in the coral nursery
- Out-planting onto reef
The fragments that are collected are almost all on the verge of death. They have a quick recovery in our coral nurseries. This means that our work is at least helping fragments of coral, which otherwise would have perished, to survive. From these fragments we generate more via fragmentation.
Read more about our Reef Restoration Methodology
Development along this coast began in the 1970s in Cancun and has grown at an incredible rate. From 1990 to 1995 the population of Cancun grew by 77%. Playa Del Carmen, just down the highway, has had a growth rate of 26% making it one of the fastest growing cities in Latin American and even the world.
With the development spreading, it is essential for local communities, businesses and authorities to be looking towards sustainable tourism, eco-tourism, conservation, and ecological restoration. This kind of reef restoration technology has been tried and tested all over the world, and we felt it was time for the reefs of Akumal to be restored to their former beauty.
- Expedition Akumal are building a reef restoration project on our local coral reefs using coral nurseries and propagation techniques that have been tried and tested all over the world.
- We aim to increase awareness of the plight of the coral reefs and encourage divers, visitors, locals and businesses to become involved in marine conservation and coral reef restoration.
- Our team hopes to teach underwater conservation to divers and train them in environmentally friendly, scientific and reef restoration diving techniques.
- Maintain the highest standard of scientific data collection and monitoring.
- To work with local communities and to be involved in outreach initiatives
- To work in collaboration with the local ecological centre, CEA.
- We provide volunteering and learning opportunities for anyone who is interested in the environment and specifically reef restoration.
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