The Coral Farm
Growing climate resilient coral.
Coral Vita grows climate change resilient coral up to 50x faster to restore dying reefs. Using breakthrough methods in commercial land-based coral farms, they provide restoration projects, communities, and customers with more diverse, resilient, and affordable coral to preserve reefs for future generations.
Forest Maker Coral Vita
“The best thing to do for coral reefs is to stop killing them — we need our leaders to step up and mitigate climate change threats, pollution, and other destructive practices. But as we continue to wait for such action, rapidly scaling up adaptation solutions is essential to protect critically important ecosystems. By working to establish a global network of land-based coral farms, Coral Vita is fighting to sustain coral reefs and the roughly one billion they support around the world.”
— Sam Teicher, Co-Founder Coral Vita
What is Coral Farming?
Coral farming is the process whereby fragments of corals are collected from local reefs, raised in farms until mature, and then installed at the restoration site. After decades of scientific, small-scale, and community-based projects around the world, this has been shown to be a viable method for restoring degraded reefs. With the advent of innovative coral farming techniques, now is the time to launch large-scale restoration efforts to revive and protect our world’s valuable and threatened coral reef ecosystems. To see reef restoration in action, visit Coral Vita at our first coral farm in Grand Bahama.
- Enables the usage of assisted evolution techniques to improve coral resilience to changing oceanic conditions that threaten reef health, microfragmenting techniques to accelerate coral growth rates and increase species diversity, and sexual propagation techniques to enhance genetic diversity.
- Reduces risks that ocean-based nurseries are exposed to, such as boating accidents or bleaching events
- Allows to produce a range of native corals which meet the needs of a particular site.
- Availability of land can facilitate farms to supply an entire nation’s reefs with more diverse, resilient, and affordable coral.
- Viable solution to counter large-scale degradation
Coral Vita uses cutting-edge methods developed at marine institutes around the world - growing corals up to 50x faster than in nature while boosting their resilience against climate change - to restore reefs in the most effective way possible.
Many coral species that serve as critical building blocks for reefs (such as Brain or Great Star corals) grow too slowly to be feasible for restoration projects using ocean-based nurseries. Now, Coral Vita can grow these corals in months rather than decades.
Restoring coral reefs will help:
- Enhance biodiversity: coral reefs are vital ecosystems, sustaining 25% of marine life despite occupying less than 1% of the seafloor. Much of this marine life are also sources of medicinal compounds used to fight viral diseases, cancer, and other ailments.
- Ensure communities, nations, and industries that rely on coral reefs for tourism, food security, and cultural heritage can continue relying on these ecosystems
- Sustain the incredible coastal protection reefs provide: healthy coral reefs buffer against shoreline erosion and reduce wave energy during events like hurricanes by ~97%
- Give future generations the opportunity to continue enjoying the inspiration and wonders of nature.