In June 2017, together with CLEAR Caribbean, we started a coral restoration project in the Southern Grenadines off the island of Petit St. Vincent.
Eight local PSV staff have been PADI certified by the dive shop instructors for open water scuba diving. The coral gardeners, who named themselves the Elkhorn Divers, built,
maintain and monitor the coral nursery. As they grow, at a rate of about 6 cm per year, Elkhorn and Staghorn corals will be transferred to the reef inside the restoration zone. Over time, this helps repopulate the reef, mitigate storm effects on the shore, raise awareness, and increase biodiversity to ultimately benefit all surrounding communities.
Photo: Akeshia Davis
Elkhorn coral fragments growing on coral nursery tables on PSV