Scientists raising coral babies to save them

Jan 16, 2019, 7:40 AM EST
(Source: Eco Cafe' Phuket/flickr)
(Source: Eco Cafe' Phuket/flickr)

A research and conservation group SECORE derives its name from Sexual Coral Reproduction, and that’s what exactly it works for in the Caribbean. For the past two decades, a team of devout environmentalists and scientists, through trial and error, is learning the nuances of coral spawning, whereby coral eggs are collected, fertilized in the lab and released back in the open seas to survive.

The process is easier said than done. Failures are more frequent than cheers. This kind of novel conservation in financially exhausting and guarantees of success are feeble, reports BioGraphic.

The aiding of sexual reproduction in coral reefs and placing the offspring in natural habitat, a process called “assisted recruitment,” is “spawning an intervention.” Conservationists are digging deep into the art and science of coral raising through sexual reproduction, which they have come to know, is key to their survival and flourish as it brings the much-needed genetic diversity, notes Boing Boing.

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