Our primary goal at Kuleana Coral Restoration is to maximize the amount of positive impact we can have on the coral reef ecosystem in a timely and cost-effective way.
To realize this goal we rely on sound scientific practices, observations, and monitoring
to continually guide and reinform our restoration efforts.
Our basic approach is direct transplantation of naturally dislodged coral heads (storms/waves) and human dislodged coral heads (anchoring, fishing, grounding). We target large coral heads with a low chance of survival and reattach them to a restoration site in the immediate vicinity.
We are dedicated to continual research to optimize our restoration potential. We encourage graduate and undergraduate students who have research-SCUBA diving experience and are looking for research projects to contact us for research opportunities.
Dislodged coral survivability
Outplanted coral survivability and growth rates
Change in fish abundance
methods for coral outplantings
Analysis of natural coral head distribution, arrangement, and populations
Planning outplanting distribution, arrangement, and populations
AREAS OF INTEREST
We build 3D maps and large scale photomosaics of our restoration sites and surrounding area to document, plan and monitor our restoration efforts.
We generate maps following protocols described by Coral Restoration Foundation: