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Restoring damaged coral reefs using mass coral larval reseeding

The project aims to restore damaged reef coral communities in the Northern Luzon region of the Philippines using mass coral larval reseeding and to evaluate the socio-economic effects of reef restoration strategies.
Coral reef restoration is a major priority for reef management. 'Recoverable' coral reefs that are damaged and degraded but not chronically polluted occur in the Philippines and Australia.
This project builds on the successful ACIAR SRA FIS/2011/031 project, which began coral recovery on degraded reefs in the Philippines. It will expand reef restoration trials, and evaluate the socio-economic effects of reef restoration.
Reef restoration to improve the health status of reseeded reefs will benefit humans and natural communities. Reef restoration will improve reef productivity and food security, access to increased reef resources and potential for local coral mariculture to improve incomes, and water quality, coastal protection and other ecosystem services. As the coral and reef communities develop, the values and benefits of reef restoration for local households and communities will increase beyond the life of this project up to the estimated average coral reef value of about US$350,000/ha/year. Reseeded corals will reproduce sexually after 1-4 years and help reef recovery, thereby promoting local reef resilience.