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What you should know about the Crown-of-Thorns starfish

Acanthaster planci, more commonly known as the Crown-of-Thorn starfish, is a voracious predator which feeds on stony coral polyps. The starfish gets its name from the toxic thorn-like spines covering its body, which resemble a biblical “crown of thorns”. The Crown-of-Thorns starfish is wide spread and found mainly in Australia and the Indo-Pacific. Unfortunately, the Crown-of-Thorns is becoming more common outside the Indo-Pacific and is known to occur in the tropical…

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Micro-Fragmentation in Situ. A first by Ocean Gardener

Since we started planting corals over 20 years ago, and since our background is marine aquaculture, we always worked hard to imagine easy solution to mass produce corals. What is Micro-Fragmentation? The Micro-Fragmentation technique consists of breaking the corals into smaller pieces of 1 to 5 polyps, using a specialised band-saw. This stimulates the coral tissue to grow, allowing them to grow into clones at 25 to 50 times the…

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Sustainable Coral Farming

WHAT IS SUSTAINABLE CORAL FARMING Sustainable Coral Farming, is the practise of farming using principle of ecology, the study of relationship between organisms and their environment. Farming the right species in the right environment. It helps coastal communities to receive income from maintaining and gardening the ocean the same way they do on land. Part of the coral harvested are used to restore other parts of the reef, other are…

Amed Nursery is pumping and restoration is well started!

Our Amed project has been working really well for the last few month. The nursery installed in June 2019, started producing fragments that were transplanted on the reef, for the last 5 months already. We now have 9 racks, in the nursery. 4 of them are already producing frags, from 6 different species: Acropora yongei This rack of Acropora yongei has been producing frags for the last 5 months. Acropora…

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Rip Curl School of Surf Partners With Ocean Gardener in Sanur Bali

Rip Curl, the Rip Curl School of Surf and the Prama Beach Hotel Sanur are proud to announce their support and collaboration with the NGO “Ocean Gardener”, with the installation of their first Coral Gardener nursery in front of the Rip Curl School of Surf – Sanur center at the Prama Sanur Beach Hotel as the new Prama Sanur Beach Hotel and Rip Curl Planet Social, Environmental and Responsibility project…

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Update: Coral Restoration, Bangka Island Sulawesi Indonesia

Coral Restoration Bangka Island It’s been nearly six months since we started collaborating with Ocean Gardener and Murex Dive Resorts on a coral identification and restoration project in Bangka Island Sulawesi. And we’re happy to report that coral fragments are growing nicely, and we’ve started transplanting corals to their final restoration site. If you’re interested to learn how to identify corals you can now take a full three day, five…

Learn About Coral Identification With the Ocean Gardener Coral Diver Course

Coral Identification Course If you’re interested to learn more about coral identification of species-rich Indo-Pacific corals you can now take a full three day, five dive Ocean Gardener Coral Diver, coral identification course with a trained Ocean Gardener instructors to become a certified coral diver! The course is broken down into five dives where you will learn the basics of corals biology, learn Indo-Pacific coral identification based on growth forms,…

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Learn to Spot Six Types of Branching Coral

Six Types of Branching Coral One of the first steps to becoming a coral spotter is learning to recognize coral growth forms. An perhaps the most recognizable of them all is branching corals. But even within this recognizable group, there are many varieties of coral branches. In this article, we will show you how to spot six different branching coral types, including some small polyp and some large polyp corals. If…

North Sulawesi Is Home To Some Of The Biggest Live Coral Colonies

North Sulawesi Coral Colonies We keep on going back and forward to North Sulawesi. Manado, Bunaken and Bangka,  enjoy a tremendous diversity of coral life. The more we go there, the more we learn about this place, and the more hooked we are on this place. It’s getting to the point that we definitely need our North Sulawesi coral fix every few months! Oversized Coral Colony Heaven On our most…

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WHAT IS CORAL ?

Corals are animals. They are colonies of inter connected single independent polyps. Corals live in a symbiotic relationship with photosynthetic marine algae called Zooxanthellae, and need sunlight to survive. It’s because of this relationship that you can find corals in all the tropical oceans of the world, and why most corals live in the shallow sun drenched area close to the surface between 0 and 50 meters deep. While there…