The Coral Restoration Foundation is the largest coral REEF restoration organization in the world. Founded in response to the wide-spread loss of the dominant coral species on the Florida Reef Tract.
Corals can grow and reproduce both sexually, through spawning, and asexually, through a process called "fragmentation". If conditions are favorable, and a branch breaks away and falls onto the reef, it can reattach and begin to grow a new colony. They have developed a way of exploiting this natural process of fragmentation to efficiently propagate, or "farm", huge numbers of corals.
“We fragment coral colonies into smaller, finger-sized pieces. These smaller fragments are then hung on Coral Trees - a simple PVC design that we developed, that allows us to grow huge numbers of coral fragments in large, offshore nurseries.”
The Coral Restoration Foundation is headquartered in Tavernier, Florida, with international chapters in Bonaire and Curacao.