18 Apr CTC’s Adopt-a-Coral Program Shows Progress in Coral Restoration Efforts in the Nusa Penida Marine Protected Area (MPA)
CTC is pleased to share that since its establishment in December 2020, our Adopt -a Coral program has successfully restored close to 160 square meters of damaged reefs in the Nusa Penida Marine Protected Area (MPA).
The program uses the Mars Assisted Reef Restoration System (MARRS) method which utilises steel structures coated in resin and sand to which locally sourced coral fragments are attached. These “Reef Stars” are then anchored together in the sea bed to form a web-like structure across the destroyed reefs. The “Reef Stars” provide a strong platform on which the coral fragments can grow and form a reef.
CTC has been working with the “Kelompok Nuansa Pulau” (Nuansa Pulau Community Group) in Ped Village to manage our Adopt-a-Coral site since December 2020. Since its establishment until January 2023, we have planted 1,643 coral fragments in our restoration site, using 110 Reef Stars. In total, we were able to restore and more than 157 square meters of previously destroyed reefs and bring back marine life to the area.
Routine monitoring and regular maintenance of the area is conducted by our partner community group. The regular maintenance includes the periodic removal of algae and ensuring the integrity of the Reef Star structure. With the routine monitoring and maintenance, we are pleased to report almost 100% survival rate for our coral fragments.
Our Adopt-a-Coral program demonstrates how everyone can contribute to a well-managed and successful restoration program, which not only works to restore the ecosystem, but also provides socio-economic benefits to the local community.
Youth in Ped Village have access to training programs and direct job opportunities through CTC’s Adopt-a-Coral program. Additionally, the program provides public school students in the village educational opportunities to teach them the importance of conserving coral reefs for future generations.
You can download our Adopt-a-Coral Annual Report via this link: https://bit.ly/AACReport2023
Writer: Yoga Putra
Photos: Yoga Putra/CTC, Dominic Bryant, Kelompok Nuansa Pulau