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Coral Reef Reproduction and Restoration: The SECORE Project

The Aquarium is a participant in the SECORE (SExual COral REproduction) Coral Reef Reproduction and Restoration Project that is taking place in Guam.

Scuba diver photographing coral

Credit: Paul Selvaggio

SECORE is a global network of scientists, public aquarium professionals, and local stakeholders using a multidisciplinary strategy combining research, education and outreach, and active reef restoration for the conservation of coral reefs. It is a non-profit organization whose work is actively supported by several other Association of Zoos and Aquarium (AZA) facilities including the Columbus Zoo, Florida Aquarium, Omaha Zoo, California Academy of Sciences/Steinhart Aquarium, and others.

In 2013 and 2014 Aquarium of the Pacific staff members participated in SECORE coral reproduction research and restoration efforts in Guam. The experience the Aquarium staff had in 2014 working on the Guam project is described in this lecture. Project SECORE and Guam’s Threatened Coral Reefs