In 2014 I began volunteering in Akumal with a fledgling reef restoration program ‘Expedition Akumal’ initiated and funded by the Hotel Akumal Caribe and Akumal Dive Center, in collaboration with Oceanus A.C., and in 2015 I was hired at the program manager. This was a first attempt at reef restoration in Akumal, which relied upon volunteers from the local diving community. Together we installed the first coral nurseries of Akumal in 2015, by propagating fragments of  Acropora cervicornis (Staghorn coral) to populate in-situ nurseries. Between 2015 to 2019 we  transplanted over 1000 fragments of coral onto Akumal’s reefs, trialing different methods and monitoring survival. In 2017 I initiated a coral spawning monitoring program  A. palmata gametes during mass spawning events, fertilised them in the lab, and created thousands of juvenile corals. In 2018, I presented a poster about our work in Akumal at the inaugural Reef Futures Conference in Key Largo Florida. 

This work was made possible thanks to funding from the Coral Conservation Society, in-kind donations from Hotel Akumal Caribe and Akumal Dive Center, and the unwavering support of our dive volunteers. If you would like to contribute with a financial donation, please get in touch. You can also make a direct donation to the Coral Conservation Society.

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