Coral culture, Enhancement, Restoration.
Corals are colonial animals, each made up of many semi-independent polyps. To carefully clip away a few such polyps, one may grow them in a nursery to develop a new colony.
In 2004, our Dr Andrew Ross developed the buoyant mid-water line (BDL) nursery for the in situ culture of coral fragments under Jamaican conditions. A combination of the methods of Bowden-Kerby and Shafir, this system provided predictable high survivorship and high growth rates per nursery propagule or fragment, opening doors to commercial use.
According to client goals, site and project logistics, target species and morphologies, Seascape Caribbean and our technical and design partners have expanded upon the lessons-learned with the BDL and tangents therefrom to have developed three patent-pending methodologies.
Research publications and IP: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Andrew_Ross19