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…

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…

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…

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…

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…