Upcoming Reef Restoration Workshop on Bonaire 

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The Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) is excited to announce the upcoming Reef Restoration Workshop, happening from June 17-19, 2024, at its office on Bonaire. This event will unite stakeholders, experts, and practitioners from the Dutch Caribbean and beyond to advance coral reef conservation and restoration efforts. Some sessions will be available to the public online. 

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The workshop aims to share best practices and protocols in reef restoration. With a focus on coral and fish restoration, practical field workshops will be conducted by Reef Renewal Foundation Bonaire and Diergaarde Blijdorp (Roffareefs). The workshop will also explore collaboration opportunities under DCNA’s Conservation & Restoration of Key Habitats program. 

Workshop Highlights: 

  • Herbivore Restoration: Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences will present their approaches  to restore native herbivores, such as different sea urchins and snail species. The herbivores reduce harmful algae, thereby giving corals a higher survival chance. 
  • Fish Restoration: Diergaarde Blijdorp (Roffareefs) will present novel approaches to fish reproduction, focusing on herbivorous fish. 
  • Land-based coral spawning: Coral Spawning Lab will cover coral spawning techniques, larval propagation, and novel system designs to scale coral  production. Participation in the workshop is sponsored by Diergaarde Blijdorp. 

Photo credit: Reef Renewal Foundation Bonaire

Join online for free 

The DCNA brings together a group of stakeholders representing the six Dutch Caribbean islands that will attend the workshop in-person. Some of the sessions will also be available  to the public for free via Zoom. Check the agenda and subscribe here: https://dcnanature.org/reef-restoration-workshop/  

Special Edition BioNews 

After the workshop, the DCNA will publish a special edition of BioNews featuring articles and recordings of some presentations on workshop topics, providing in-depth insights and extending the knowledge shared during the event. Follow DCNA for updates via Facebook, Instagram or BioNews. 

 

This workshop is generously funded by the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (LNV) and supported by the Dutch Postcode Lottery. 

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