The Ocean Quest adopt a reef program to let willing sponsors to take part in the coral reef rehabilitation. Corals are living organisms that is the key contributor to shelter and sustenance to marine species. In recent years degradation coral reefs is identified as the major cause of declining of fish stock as well as other valuable marine resources. However, due to the existence of corals in the undersea environments it conservation is limited to those with skills and ability to dive to take the role of rehabilitation. Realizing the impact of coral reef degradation many companies, NGO and governmental agencies stepped forward in lending their resources in its rehabilitation. Many areas of the processes has been taken and assisted. Among the processes are educational programs for coral reef “gardening”. For this education Ocean Quest invented a system it called the Coral Propagation Program (CPP) that includes education and techniques which allows everyone to take part in the process.
THE CORAL PROPAGATION
By teaching the public simple
techniques of coral propagation the scale of the conservation increased
tremendously. The education and techniques opens a much larger platform for
conservation of corals and the coral reef. The system is similar to replanting of
forest where the initial propagation begins in an area called the nursery. A
coral nursery is a designated area where fragments of corals is propagated,
monitored and maintained until it grow to size suitable for replanting. Coral
nurseries are long term projects and it requires regular monitoring and
maintenance just like nurseries for plants on land.
CONCEPT OF REEF RESCUE
The Ocean Quest - Coral Reef Rehabilitation system consists of a systematic plan that help rescue coral colonies threaten by disease, human destruction and natural disasters. The concept follows similar strategy as forest rehabilitation. It consists of broodstock collection and extraction protocols, nursery management and transplantation to the damaged coral reefs. The parent coral colonies in the nursery remained to grow and continually provide source of corals for transplantation. This makes the system the most conservative approach of coral reef rehabilitation in the world!
THE CORAL NURSERY SYSTEM
Coral nurseries are segmented into rectangular
plots of 2 meters wide by 5 meters long (10 m²). Each plot contains several
species of corals. Each square meter contains at least eight coral broodstock.
By segmenting the nurseries it is possible to conduct systematic monitoring,
saves process time and makes it more cost efficient. In short the nursery makes
planning and management possible. Other benefits of the nursery includes
involvement of research, strategic development, employment and ultimately
restoration of the environment. The Ocean Quest coral nursery system is built like a coral city. It consists of several different types of nursery with specific purpose. Coral colonies threaten by disease is extracted and placed in a Quarantine nursery for observation and treatment. We call this the "Hospital Nursery". There is also the "School" nursery where we conduct training and courses. These training nurseries is the most seen in our publications. The Ocean Quest coral broodstock nursery is where the corals are grown and care for rehabilitation program. The broodstock nursery is off limits to visitors.
HOW THE ADOPT A REEF PROGRAM WORKHaving a proper segmented nursery that is open for adoption allows people or companies to help through sponsoring the plots for rehabilitation. Ocean Quest shall publish the names of the sponsors in their website and all its other media and publication domestically and abroad. Individual sponsors who wish to adopt may want to consider the "Adopt a Coral" program. A quarterly report on progress of the coral rehabilitation work shall be submitted to the sponsors in form of research and monitoring data as well as in documentary video of the progress of the project. Every sponsors shall continue to receive the reports for a period of 36 months. Sponsors may or may not want to include their employees in the educational part of the program. If the sponsor decides to include the educational part for their employees or as their corporate social responsibility program it can be arranged accordingly and the cost shall also reflect in the sponsorship. Costing of the Adopt A Reef Program is calculated on the size of the nurseries that the sponsors require of willing to sponsor. Cost of adoption of a reef begins from 135 USD per square meter per year. Minimum size in the Adopt a Reef program is 1 plot of 10 square meters. Minimum duration of adoption is 3 years.
The sponsorship plan is designed for sponsors to put together a realistic plan according to their requirements. They may decide what they can include or exclude from the Adopt a Reef Plan and the education plan that includes some training like the Coral Propagation Workshop or the Coral Propagation Course.
LONG TERM ADOPTION PLAN
Long term adoption plans of two terms or more receives training as part of the Adopt a Reef program. This is included in the plan. Long term adopting shall be part of the coral transplantation program. When the corals reached suitable size they will be transplanted to the damaged reefs. Therefore, Ocean Quest includes the training as part of the long term adoption plans.
Short term adoption plans of one term (36 months) did not include training.
Educational activity is optional and it includes Coral Propagation Workshop and Coral Propagation Course. Sponsors may choose to engage their employees or members of the community in coral propagation training. The two core training programs offered in this plan are:
Additional continuing education program also offered for long term sponsors is:
The sponsor may choose to exclude the training part of the Adopt a Reef Sponsorship Plan but instead focus on the adoption and research only. In this instance in is considered as partial sponsorship and all the coral propagation activities is carried out by Ocean Quest researchers.
Research plan is the main program content of the Adopt a Reef Sponsorship Program. This is the most important part of the sponsorship program because it not only provide monitoring and maintenance of the coral nurseries but it also developed new and more advanced techniques and methodology for future of coral reef rehabilitation. There is no other program for coral reef research and restoration in the world today that is as comprehensive as the Ocean Quest – Adopt a Reef Program. The techniques, materials, education and methodology used is authentically developed, copy righted and patented by Ocean Quest. This is the reason we offer the adoption period for all sponsors as a 36 month program. In this period the sponsor shall be able to see the progress and development of our research and be part of our achievement.
LOCATION OF OUR NURSERY
Ocean Quest has established several nurseries in Malaysia. The locations of our nurseries are:
1. Pulau Kapas, Terengganu
2. Pulau Gelok, Terengganu
3. Pulau Perhentian, Terengganu
1. Alona House Reef, Panglao
2. Amontillado House Reef, Dauin
3. Bus Stop Dive Resort, Bauan
1. Ocean Quest Thailand Nursery, Koh Rin
2. Princess Divers Nursery, Phi Phi Island
1. Poni Divers Coral Nursery, Pulau Pilongan
IMPACT AND OUTCOMES
Measurable outcomes of coral rehabilitation
project is seen in the quantity of transplantation of coral broodstock from
nurseries into damaged/devastated areas of the coral reefs. Quantitative data
of the expansion of the out planting project from nursery to the field (actual
coral reefs) shall be gathered, complied and reported.