Utila Coral Restoration

For: Utila Coral Restoration Project
Bay Islands Department, Honduras
Organizer: Daniela Mejia
Utila Coral Restoration (Utila Coral Restoration Project)
of $3,000 goal
76% Complete
Raised by 23 donors

The Story

Utila's reefs need your help!!!!

Utila is the smallest of the Bay Islands located on the north coast of Honduras. The Bay Islands are part of the Mesoamerican Reef System which supports the local economies and livelihoods of almost two million people.

Threats to the reefs:

  1. Negative human impact: divers or snorkelers that are unaware of their surroundings can severely harm the reef
  2. Introduction of damaging substances: chemical sunscreen and insect repellent that mutate and intoxicate coral
  3. Global climate change impacting coral survival: Coral cover is only 10% at present
  4. Coral growth rates diminished by 15-30%
  5. Decreased recovery and resilience: more vulnerable to destruction from storms or slight environmental changes
  6. Many populations of corals are in danger of extinction

The focus of our restoration efforts revolve around the Staghorn and Elkhorn Corals, which are listed as "Critically Endangered" and are important reef builders.

We have obtained a special permit from the Honduran government to establish a long term project to address the above threats. Our goals are to:

  • Create a coral nursery to be able to grow these species 
  • Monitor the fragments collected to ensure health and survival
  • Replant the grown fragments on the reef after they grow
  • Constantly monitor conditions to develop a better understanding of reef health and changes

With your kind donations we will be able to purchase materials to create and maintain the nursery and grow the project. 

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on May 16, 2018


Posted on May 16, 2018

Thanks to all your kind donations we have been able to purchase some very important materials for our nursery.

1. Colorful tags to keep track of our fragments origin and differentiate genotypes.

2. Crimps to attach more fragments to the trees we will soon build.

3. Crimping tools that help us quickly and securely attach the crimps to the trees and fragments.

We cannot thank you enough, and will soon share our progress in adding more fragments to our nursery.

Posted on April 23, 2018


Posted on April 23, 2018

Our first trees have been installed and we have populated them with fragments of corals we found on the surrounding reef! Help us build more trees and fill them with more coral!

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