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Tokoriki Starts Coral Planting

Monday May 10, 2010

At the end of May, marine coral experts were invited to spend the weekend at Tokoriki to teach Tokoriki’s dive crew how to plant coral.

First mesh tables on legs are placed underwater. Next, coral clumps are collected and form brood coral stock. It’s from this stock that coral cuttings are taken. These cuttings are then glued to cement plugs.

Once secured, the coral cutting plugs or ‘frags’ are then taken underwater to their temporary new home—the mesh table.

Each frag plug fits into the table mesh and stays there until the coral has grown over the base of each plug.

Once this has taken place the plugs are removed and planted on the reef and the process of coral planting begins again.

We have been advised to wait a month or so to make sure the coral is happy before going into full production.

Our plan is to eventually have 6 production line tables growing and be able to offer PADI Coral Planting Courses to Tokoriki’s diving guests.

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