Once the coral has been successfully secured to the reef, where it will spend the rest of it’s life and eventually reproduce, we go into the third phase of the ADE process: monitoring the growth.
This is where the scientists and team managers play a key role in monitoring and record the success and growth of the newly placed corals. Since some species of coral can grow up to 11 – 15 cm (4 – 6 inches) per year, it is very important to get the spacing right and not to introduce territorial conflict too soon.
We are always careful to choose sites that have been damaged by human impact or storms or depleted by bleaching in order to have a measurable impact allowing our team to monitor the growth over time.
Once the newly planted corals reach their reproduction cycle after about 2 – 3 years, our monitoring tasks take on an additional role: to monitor the settlement of the spawn and record the data. This data will include very important and useful information including the number of successful settlements within a designated transect, mix of coral species, selective substrate comparisons, and resilience to climate change. This information will be instrumental in guiding future coral reef restoration and advance the marine study by creating an open platform for scientist.
A diver monitors the progress of the ADE corals planted on this reef.
Check out this scene from our documentary Saving Coral!
These divers are monitoring the reef restoration sites. Check out the full version under the What Is ADE? tab at the top.