Scubanaut – Senior First Class
DAN Diving First Aid Pro Provider
I have participated in doing coral work with MOTE for three years now, and the experience has been extraordinary. As a diver you benefit by increasing your skill set as you learn to problem-solve and multitask underwater. You also develop skills with your team that are not only useful below the surface, but above the water too. On our last expedition, I was a team leader with three other SCUBAnauts and we were able to move and secure approximately 100 corals in 20 minutes to their “trees” where they will grow and mature over the next year. We did this several times. Together, all our teams were able to transplant and secure over 600 corals to hard bottom structure during our last expedition. On top of that we fragmented and hung around 2000 corals so they can continue growing and go on to produce more and more coral colonies. These corals will begin to grow and provide the essential structure to reefs that is so essential for life of many different reef-fish and crustaceans. This was SCUBAnauts first year that we transplanted coral to hard-bottom reefs, and after our success it will be very exciting and interesting to see what MOTE has planned for us this summer.