Coral Gardening Combines Tourism With Conservation

Francis YupangcoBy Francis Yupangco 4 years ago
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Vanuatu, an island in the South Pacific, is trying to start a new tourism trend: Coral gardening. Last week,in Worasiviu Village on Pele Island, Climate Change Coral Gardening Day was held. Divers put a specially built coral bed into the water. Corals were then ‘planted’ to the bed. Coral Aquaculture, or coral gardening, is where coral pieces are attached to an area, often times man made, in hope that the corals will develop and naturally flourish after many years creating a new environment. A similar model has been pioneered by the Coral Restoration Foundation in the Florida Keys. It gives tourists the opportunity to explore the reefs, and also feel like they are leaving a piece of themselves, while at the same time attempting to cultivate healthy reef growth. An exciting eco-tourism opportunity that promotes both conservation and aquaculture.  MORE

 

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Francis is a marine biologist with an MBA and over 20 years of professional aquarium experience. Francis is the former Aquatic Development Manager at Hagen USA., makers of Fluval brand aquarium products. He co-stars on Nat Geo WILD's reality TV series Fish Tank Kings where he is the resident "Fish Geek" and was Director of Marketing at Living Color Aquariums. He is an avid explorer having visited over 45 countries and lived in 7. At 17, he was among the youngest aquarists ever hired by the Vancouver Aquarium, where he worked for 7 years. His aquatic biology experience ranges from larval fish rearing to the design, construction and operational management of renowned public aquariums around the world. Francis is currently head of marketing at the world's largest vertically integrated fish farming company.

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