I am a PhD student at the University of Gothenburg working with the cold-water coral Lophelia pertusa. Due to the decline in coral cover in the Koster Sea (NE Skagerrak), and lack of spontaneous recovery, there is a need for active restoration measures to re-establish L. pertusa in the area. The aim of my PhD studentship will be to test and develop artificial substrates that will form a solid foundation for replanted coral colonies and substitute for loss of habitat complexity until the corals have reached a size when they can provide the functions of a fully grown reef.
On these pages
you will be able to follow the progress of the artificial reefs - the making, deployment, and development in situ at 80-90 meters depth.
While restoration of shallow tropical coral reefs have become a wide spread practice with many more or less successful examples over the years, the attempts of restoring deep CWC habitats is almost non-existing. Outside the coast of Florida at the Experimental Oculina Research Reserve restoration experiments testing the transplantation potential for Oculina varicosa started already in 1996. Oculina varicosa is a species similar to Lophelia pertusa with the same type of growth pattern. So far this is the only restoration project in CWC habitats to my knowledge. There has been modest results, both in CWC and tropical restoration projects, and there is a need for further development of restoration methods.
Read more under habitat restoration.
This PhD is financed by The Swedish Research Council Formas and the University of Gothenburg.
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