Acropora Fragmentation

fragmented colony of elkhorn coral
Fragmented colony of Acropora palmata. Some fragments may self-attach to the reef naturally but will suffer partial mortality while others will not persist.
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Historically, fragmentation has been a successful life history strategy in Acropora. However, in areas where the population is sparse and degraded, the survivorship of fragments is now compromised and it may represent a significant loss to the population.

We have undertaken some related activities aimed at understanding the role that fragmentation plays in population dynamics and how restoration techniques can be used maximize the potential of fragments.


stabilizling fragments of coral
Stabilizing fragments in-situ improves their chances for survival and fosters faster growth
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