Global Coral Reef Alliance
Great wide angle photographs of the Bali Biorock coral reef and fisheries restoration projects taken in May 2012 by EunJae Im. These projects were awarded the United Nations Development Program Special Award for Marine and Coastal Zone Management, and the UNDP Equator Award for Community Based Development at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, in June 2012. Dr. Thomas Goreau, President of the Global Coral Reef Alliance, is Scientific Advisor to the Yayasan Karang Lestari (Protected Corals Foundation in Indonesian), our local partner in Bali.
Biorock electric coral reef, sea grass, and mangrove restoration project are underway at the Galeta Marine Laboratory. This cutting edge new technology greatly increases the settlement, growth, survival, and resistance to stress of all marine organisms (Goreau & Hilbertz, 2005; Goreau & Trench, 2014; Goreau 2014). The restoration projects are a Memorial to the first Panamanian marine scientist, Dra. Nora Isabel Arango de Urriola y Goreau, 1921-2016: http://www.nytt.globalcoral.org/memoriam-dr-nora-goreau-april-25-1921-december-18-2016/ They were built and installed in 2015 by two Panamanian divers, Gabriel Despaigne Ceballos, President of Diving Contractors Panama SA, and Dr. Thomas Joaquin Goreau-Arango, President of the Global Coral Reef Alliance. The coral projects are visible on live camera at the Galeta Laboratory web site: http://www.stri.si.edu/english/site_tools/webcams/galeta/ It is crucial for the corals to have the extra energy provided by the Biorock process before coral bleaching affects Panama, which is expected soon since temperatures there have reached bleaching levels unusually early in the year. Biorock corals show up to 50 times (5,000%) higher survival after severe bleaching.