It was Charles Darwin who first realized this about corals. He noticed that corals rolling around under his ship quickly turned white and died, but by securing the loose coral to a piece of bamboo pounded in the sand they would survive. For this he is credited with being the first coral restorationist. This is the basis of our coral nursery program initiated in 2007, with our first site placed in Ao Leuk Bay. Our materials and methods have changed considerably since the time of Charles Darwin, but the ultimate goal is the same - secure dying corals before its too late.
One of the great strengths of our program is that we always have our team, as well as a big group of skilled volunteers to react to any situations that may occur on the reef. We are in control of our own funding, and can thus allocate it were needed without the bureaucracy and red tape that programs relying on grants or government support must go through. When there is a bleaching event, we are already on the ground before during and after to monitoring it and mitigate damages. When coral diseases start to break out, we are the first to know.
An example of our rapid response in coral restoration can be seen in a 2015 boat grounding. During the evening a fishing boat sank on our reef, and the owner decided to get another boat and try to pull it to shore, through the shallow reef. The event destroyed over 591 Square meters of beautiful coral reef, breaking it down to rubble. Within two days our team was there clearing the debris, affixing broken coral fragments to the natural reef, placing down artificial reef structures, and documenting the event for the Thai Department of Marine and Coastal Resources. You can read all about that in our report on the incident here:
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