With efforts aimed at restoring the Castle Harbour's coral reefs, the Living Reefs Foundation was formed in 2014 to help implement some of the measures needed to keep Bermuda's reefs and the marine life they support healthy. This initiative stems from sound scientific studies recognizing that coral reefs are key to Bermuda's touristic appeal and the island's prime marine asset. They are scientists, watersport operators and environmentalists, who have worked in the marine world for over 30 years. With the approval of Bermuda's Ministry of Environment, they are working with government departments and NGO experts to enable priority measures for the preservation of Bermuda's valuable coral reefs. Their goal is to earmark 85% of all donations for reef-related work and in this way assist experts in sustaining the health of Bermuda's coral reef system.


Coral Gardens are man-made frames, installed on the seabed on which juvenile corals are fixed, cleaned and monitored until such time as they are capable of growing and reproducing on their own. These underwater gardens are used as a means to restore corals and enhance coral recruitment in reef areas which have been previously damaged. They are growing worldwide; different sites focus on different coral species, with branching coral species being mostly used to date. 

In Bermuda, Living Reefs and BIOS propose to research coral gardening for Bermuda boulder species; this would also be useful to Caribbean reef conservation. Scientists grow juvenile corals in the laboratory from donor or parent colonies until they are large enough to be transferred to frames installed in selected sites; corals are cleaned often at first, their growth is monitored. As they grow and reproduce, other reef organisms become attracted to the coral environment, and the garden grows, enhancing the reef system in the area. 

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