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How and where?
HyT's team of scientists rescue and recover coral colonies that have been detached from the natural environment and are unable to survive. At the same time, they plant the larvae of the orange coral so that they can take root and create new colonies in a favorable place such as the artificial reefs, called "coral gardens", located in the Acantilados de Maro-Cerro Gordo Natural Park.
The sexual reproduction of orange coral occurs once a year under specific meteorological conditions: full moon and sufficiently warm water temperature, between 18 and 20º.
About the Orange Coral
The orange coral Astroides calycularis is a species endemic to the Mediterranean Sea, so it lives exclusively in this area of the planet.
It is currently threatened due to pollution, rising sea temperatures and the spread of invasive alien species, such as the Asian brown alga Rugulopteryx okamurae, which has been advancing very expansively in the Spanish Mediterranean since 2016.
MedCoral in numbers
4 coral gardens created.
60,000 coral units planted.
More than 1,400 coral colonies recovered.
52 m² of potential recovery surface.
More than 50 species attracted (65% more).
More than 2,000 larvae planted (1 out of 4 larvae succeed in settling).
Who we collaborate with
We collaborate with Hombre y Territorio (HyT), an environmental association formed by biologists specialized in conservation, research and scientific dissemination, contributing to the program MedCoral.
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