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Scientists are rushing to replant Thailand’s dying coastal coral

Story: Ten feet below the waves off the coast of Thailand, billions of pink specks rise from the ocean floor. These are actually the beginnings of new corals. The coral spawning cycle occurs once a year. The warmth of the water, the tides, the current, and even the moon’s cycle are all signals that can trigger this event. At this moment, scientists are rushing to get as much as possible to help save these coral reefs, which are struggling under warming waters caused by climate change. (This land) This is Thetiporn Khanoruks. A 28-year-old marine biologist from the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources in Thailand. (Thetiporn Khanoruks, marine biologist at DMCR) “Before, while we were waiting, we saw the coral releasing eggs. We waited for some time for them to continue laying eggs before we started collecting the eggs in a plastic box. Now, we urgently have to go to the facility to mix Eggs (and sperm) from different (coral) colonies. I’m really excited. This is the first time for me to see this happen. “I was completely out of breath because I used a lot of air in the process. “The team of scientists brings thousands of precious coral eggs and sperm to their lab. The goal is to nurture the baby coral and then return it to the site, in hopes of repopulating the coral. They are exposed to red light — which mimics moonlight — which will lead to fertilization,” she says. This must be done quickly, or risk inbreeding and fewer successful eggs. After 72 hours, the fertilized eggs will be transferred to porcelain tiles where they begin to mature. This may take three to five years. Even after they return, growth remains slow. Thailand’s Department of Marine and Coastal Resources estimates that up to 90% of Thailand’s coral reefs have been affected by a mass bleaching event that began in 2010. The scientists are part of a government project that began in 2016 to regenerate coral. The project chose a prime site near an island Mun Nai in southern Thailand, which hosts more than 98 species of coral. So far, more than 4,000 coral colonies have been restored around the island. But after nearly eight years, the project is still experimental. Scientists are trying to measure its success based on similar experiments In places like Australia and the Caribbean. Matini Yucharoen, an expert in coastal oceanography and climate change, agrees that the project has seen short-term success. Results. However, she says the solution is not enough. (Matheni Yocharoen, researcher at CCOC) “You could say we can only try to mitigate the problem because we are past the point of prevention. In terms of policy, we need to take action all the way to the legal level. But in terms of the local scale, we have to reduce reef bleaching.” As coral as possible. Tropical reefs, which play a crucial role for the world’s fisheries – and the environment. About 25% of marine life depends on these coral reefs during their life cycles.

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