Lac Pa Semper

The Lac Bay Coral Restoration Project is dedicated to restoring branching coral populations in Lac Bay, a unique ecosystem and protected area. This collaborative project not only focuses on coral restoration but also actively involves the community, empowering them to understand and support this delicate ecosystem and the urgent need for reef restoration. Launched in July 2022 with funding from RESEMBID, the project is carried out by Reef Renewal Foundation Bonaire (RRFB) and led by STINAPA Bonaire as part of the “Lac Pa Semper” initiative. Today, the coral restoration effort continues with financial support from WWF-NL.

Vertical coral nursery © Lorenzo Mittiga

Coral Restoration Efforts

RRFB is working to restore two branching coral species in Lac Bay: staghorn coral (Acropora cervicornis) and elkhorn coral (Acropora palmata), whose populations once thrived in the bay. Using innovative restoration techniques, RRFB works to safeguard existing colonies and promote genetic diversity throughout their populations.

Recently, a horizontal rope nursery was installed in the shallow back reef portion of the bay. Its unique horizontal design allows a large quantity of corals to grow at shallow depths ideal for these coral species. Each nursery holds over 500 elkhorn corals (Acropora palmata) belonging to a variety of coral genotypes from colonies in the bay and nurseries on the west coast. RRFB has selected coral genotypes that have shown more tolerance to higher water temperatures, diseases, and other major threats.

Horizontal coral nursery © RRFB

Community Engagement and Education

RRFB also focuses on community outreach through local school programs, educational presentations, and in-water activities. They educate tourists and residents about the importance of coral restoration and the various techniques used. In 2023 alone, the organization reached 1,147 people through their educational sessions. By combining restoration efforts with community involvement, Lac Pa Semper demonstrates the power of collaborative management and aims to protect and revitalize Lac Bay’s coral reefs for future generations.

Juniors Training © RRFB

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