Seascape Caribbean works at the forefront of the industry to improve the capacity, predictability and durability of coral restoration projects and is a founding member to the Coral Restoration Consortium; a NOAA-facilitated global collaborative of coral restoration practitioners, working to bring the concept to the mainstream.

 

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Seascape Caribbean developed the BDL (buoyant drop-loop/drop-line line nursery), also known as Clothesline or String nursery, for the in situ culture of coral fragments under Jamaican conditions in 2004 and 2005. A combination of the nursery designs of Bowden-Kerby and of Shafir, this system provides predictably high-survivorship and strong healing and growth rates per nursery propagule or fragment. BDL overview => Seascape Caribbean also employs various forms of Tree, FUCA and frame nursery as conditions and project needs require. These systems all produce large, visually attractive corals for immediate high-impact both in the nursery and on the reefscape, usually at targeted spacial scales under landscaping and/or horticultural themes.

Seascape Caribbean employs preparatory high-throughput systems under silvicultural (forestry) models, planting large numbers of smaller nursery head-started corals that maximize reefscape coverage by minimized per-coral and/or per area investment, therefore cost. These techniques delay changes to the planted reefscape for months to years; however, the large scales and high planting densities provides particular aesthetic, ecological and hydrodynamic impact when they do arrive.

These systems are amenable to energetic environments such as reef-crest and breaking shallows, making them applicable to soft-engineering and wave attenuation as well as the beautification of grey infrastructure (breakwaters).

Seascape Caribbean has developed rapid, low-cost deployment of permanent sand/rubble anchors for coral nurseries, marker buoys and light vessels via hydraulic liquefaction and amenable to smaller work vessels.

Seascape Caribbean, in collaboration with D&E Marine of Montego Bay, has developed high-survivorship methods for the large turf-plug removal and relocation of Thalassia seagrasses employing hydraulic cutters. 

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