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Coral nursery permit holders learn outplanting techniques

A visiting coral restoration expert gives coral nursery permit holders a lesson in coral outplanting techniques.

Using coral fragments saved from the Carnival Magic anchor damage incident in 2014, Coral Restoration Foundation founder Ken Nedimyer showed how to properly transplant nursery-grown corals onto a living coral reef.

The permit holders will use these methods when it’s time tor them to transplant their own nursery-grown corals.

“This is just a demonstration on how to transplant corals, how to do it right, how to monitor, and then we’ll probably come back sometime next year and then we are going to work with them on their nurseries, planting their corals,” said Mr. Nedimyer.

Cabinet approved the country’s coral nursery management programme in late 2014, and since then, six have been permitted.
DiveTech, Sunset House, Cayman Eco Divers, and Ocean Frontiers have nursery permits on Grand Cayman, and CCMI and Brac Scuba Shack have permits in the Sister Islands.

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