|Thanks to Albert of the Marine Parks for the demonstration and information!|
|Two identical layers create the nursery frame and are first laid out on the ground ready|
|The local Marine Park guys had the first crack at putting together the frame|
|Then, alongside Ecoteer we had a go. We used PVC glue to hold the frames together|
|The two frames were aligned and legs established|
|Then glued together to create a sturdy frame for new coral nubbins|
The frames stand 2m x 1m and are made of UPVC plastic pipes and held together with PVC glue. A large and solid structure that houses a coral nubbin every 10cm, meaning one nursery tray can be home to 60 individual colonies. Aiming to 10 trays per site means 600 colonies being restored! Amazing
|Zip ties were inserted into pre-drilled holes ready for transplanting coral nubbins easily and quickly|
The Marine Park team then deployed the frame into the water at Tuna Bay to add to the growing artificial reef/nursery they have there. With them they took some old toothbrushes to clean some of the older frames.
We will soon visit the site to get an idea of what it looks like underwater. A fantastic morning full of educational information. A massive thank you to the Department of Marine Parks for inviting us along to see how it is done. Fingers crossed the permits get approved and we can get our own nursery up and running!