Session 3: Coral restoration & marine conservation
Hosts: Sarah Abdelhamid* and Victoria Huk*
*University of Rostock
The restricted range of coral reef ecosystems extends from tropical to subtropical regions. Coral reefs are one of the most precious ecosystems and an astonishing hotspot for biodiversity. Scientists estimated that almost one quarter of all discovered marine organisms found home on coralline structures. However, these beautiful ecosystems are fragile, and areas of coral are dying whilst fish
stocks are under threat. Unfortunately, those stunning marine biotopes and biodiversity hotspots are highly endangered and prognosed to disappear by 2050. This would entail serious consequences for tropical marine ecosystems as well as depending human communities.
Therefore, it is absolutely necessary to allow corals a new way to grow and provide them a protected and maintained area to create new life zones. We believe that creating protected spaces and artificial reefs, which includes new coral growing through coral restoration and transplantation, may be a successful way to protect and reform coral colonies in our oceans.
Hence, this session is dedicated to marine conservation and restoration and its impact on the future health of coral reefs and other fragile ecosystems.
The aim of our session is to create an integrative and interdisciplinary surrounding as well as to bond with other scientists, enthusiastic world changers. Therefore, we invite coral researchers, artificial reef artists, marine conservationist and social scientist to share their knowledge, ideas and research on marine conservation and coral reef restoration in our session.