Coral reef cultivation is the process of fragmenting living coral and culturing it in a laboratory. This technique can be used for the purpose of growing and replanting the coral in a dying coral reef. An overcrowded reef is picked to remove certain coral to make more room for growth for the remaining coral; the picked coral is plated and cultured for one to two years (or longer depending on the species of coral). Then the coral is harvested so that some fragments are cultured again to make more corals and the rest of the coral is planted into a dying coral reef. The presence of corals will replenish the marine life in the dying coral reef; corals are the backbone of the fish marine ecosystem. This process of aquaculture is crucial to the conservation of coral reefs. This is the reason I am studying to become a marine biologist.
- Madison Gunsch