As a steward of the natural world, Shedd takes our responsibilities very seriously. We are determined and passionate about conservation and research, which is why we participate in SECORE (SExual COral REproduction), an initiative that supports coral research, husbandry,and conservation.
From August 6-15, the SECORE team will collect eggs and sperm from elkhorn coral, Acropora palmata, and fertilize them at the CARMABI lab on the island of Curacao in the Netherlands Antilles. The larvae that are produced will be cared for and given special ceramic tiles to settle on. After the larvae attach to the tiles, some will be placed immediately back on the reef, and the others will be cared for in the lab. After a few months, the samples in the lab will be placed back on the reef. Through this research, we hope to learn the best time to place young corals back on reefs to maximize survival of the young.
You can follow our research on the SECORE blog.
Posted by Mark Schick, fishes