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Thousands of coral reef successfully transplanted

Riviera Maya, Q.R. – Thousands of corals have been restored over the years thanks to the efforts of Oceanus A.C.

Since 2014, the organization has successfully installed more than 20,000 coral transplants from Veracruz to Tulum. Their restoration efforts are concentrated on the reef crests where the waves break. Gabriela Nava, director of Oceanus A.C. sys that to date, they have transplanted a total of 25,000 of which 90 percent are in the Mexico Caribbean region. She explains that the state of Quintana Roo is a privileged destination but that the waters of the Caribbean are less productive.

The organization has restored coral reef systems in Xcalak, Veracruz, Sian Ka’an, Tulum, Mayakoba and Puerto Morelos.

“The goal is to plant 10,000 colonies over five years, thus helping to have a greater number through asexual reproduction.”

Maria del Carmen Garcia Rivas, Director of the Nature Conservancy, reports that work is required for coral recovery of which for every kilometre, 90 percent is damaged to some degree.

Oceanus A.C. is an organization that generates information and strategies for the conservation of natural resources, promoting citizen participation between institutions and communities. The objectives are aimed at achieving sustainable development through the use of marine and coastal resources. The organization is also backed by the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (Conanp).