In March 2017, we began transplantation of coral fragments on a large scale, an undertaking we call Project 250. To assist us, we had the services of Homer Hernandez for two weeks. Homer is an expert in coral reef restoration, who also trained our local volunteers to carry on the good work.
Over the course of 2017, Project 250 plans to place coral cuttings on 150 Biri Buds and 100 domes and large rectangular cages of iron rebar. Some of the Biri Buds were already deployed in the last two years, but without transplanted coral cuttings. Most, however, will be new additions.
Our rebar cages will measure approximately 3 m by 2 m and a metre tall, and hold 100 or more cuttings each. Cuttings will also be attached to numerous individual rebar sticks in the seabed, and concrete nails driven into dead massive corals. Together, the Biri Buds, rebar structures and other devices will form coral gardens with hundreds of cuttings in them.
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