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Land-Based Coral Farming

Coral Vita, a reef restoration project in the Bahamas, has found success in growing corals on land using microfragmentation. This technique involves cutting corals into small pieces and placing them close together to stimulate healing and rapid tissue growth.

Building Resilience

On the land farm, corals are exposed to controlled stress, such as warming waters and acidification, to enhance their resilience. This process, known as “assisted evolution,” helps corals adapt to the changing ocean conditions.

Impact in the Ocean

Once mature, the corals are transplanted to degraded reef sites in the ocean. The results have been promising, with high survival rates and evidence of increased resilience during bleaching events.

A For-Profit Approach

Unlike many reef restoration projects, Coral Vita operates as a for-profit organization. This allows them to generate revenue from entities that benefit from coral reefs, such as tourism and food industries. By investing in restoration, these sectors can protect the ecosystems they rely on.

A Self-Sustaining Economy

Coral Vita aims to create a self-sustaining restoration economy. They license their expertise and techniques to other restoration practitioners, generating revenue for further work and improving overall restoration outcomes.

Importance and Urgency

Coral reefs have suffered significant losses due to climate change and pollution. Coral Vita demonstrates that individuals and companies can take action to preserve these vital ecosystems while awaiting policy changes. By growing corals on land and enhancing their resilience, we can increase the chances of their survival for future generations.