Coral reefs are formed by reef-building corals. A coral is not, as many people think, a plant made of stone, but it consists of many little animals living as one. Coral consists of little polyps with a ring of tentacles around the mouth. With the tentacles, the coral polyps filter floating algae and animals from the water. The polyps make a skeleton of lime beneath them and grow a little by little up to the light every year.
WHAT IS CORAL?
WHY SHOULD WE CARE?
CORAL REEFS OFFER NATURAL COSTAL PROTECTION
CORAL REEFS ARE A SHELTER TO THOUSAND OF ANIMAL SPECIES
FISHERIES AND TOURISM DEPEND ON HEALTHY CORAL REEFS
CORALS MAKE THE OCEAN BEAUTIFULL AND DIVERSE
CORALS ARE AN IMPORTANT SOURCE FOR NEW MEDICINAL REMEDIES
In our documentary we follow Katie who works for the Coral Restoration Foundation Curaçao (CRFC). They grow corals in nurseries and then restore them back in the reefs of the island.
The foundation started with 400 coral fragments of Elkhorn coral and Staghorn coral hanging from 10 “trees” located on the house reef around CRFC. These “trees” are the nurseries, where the corals grow in a faster manner than in their natural environment. The corals will in time overgrow their structure and form a new, independent coral colony to house many types of fish and marine species. After they grow big enough The foundation put more than 4500 corals back on the reefs of Curacao.