Coral RESTORATION SCHOLARSHIP

We’re excited to offer coral restoration scholarships to Indonesian Marine Biology Students. If you or someone you know would be interested in taking the Coral Restoration Internship Course please contact us by email. 

Course Overview

The four-week course was meticulously designed to offer comprehensive training in coral restoration practices, encompassing theoretical learning, hands-on practical sessions, and fieldwork. Each location provided unique ecosystems and challenges, enriching the learning experience for the participants.

Week 1: Coral ID in Bondalem (North Bali) with its calm environment and high coral diversity offers the best location for developing coral identification skills.

Week 2: Coral Gardening in Tulamben and Amed (North East Bali). While developing coral identification skills, and extending them to anemones, clams, and gorgonian, the students have also access to 2 coral restoration sites using rack nurseries, spiders, and direct reef planting techniques. Students could learn the different techniques to plant corals directly on the reef using cement, nails, spiders, underwater drills… Learn how to control and remove different coral parasites: the complete Coral gardening set of skills.

Week 3: Coral Reef Restoration in Nusa Penida. In this particular location, students could learn large- scale reef restoration techniques, such as the rope technique, and micro-fragmentation. They could also gain experience in direct planting using cement techniques and learn how and where to plant different species of corals.

Week 4: Coral Reef Monitoring Techniques in Nusa Penida. Students learned to identify the different signs of coral reef health and were trained in our ‘Rapid Reef Assessment Technique, which allows them to quickly survey sites. Then they were trained in more quantitative methods using the quadrat and video line transects methods. Then finally they received training in coral photogrammetry, a 3D technique that allows them to monitor and collect a lot of data from coral sites.

Criteria for participants

– Young Indonesian Marine Scientist, with an interest in coral reef ecology and restoration. With a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Marine biology.
– A minimum diving level of Advanced diving, or at least 150 dives.
– Involvement in reef restoration or marine conservation in other parts of Indonesia.