New hope for mexico's coral reefs

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Added On January 12, 2019

INTRO

 
Good news for Mexico's endangered coral reefs. Two young scientists are using a new reforestation technique that could save them from vanishing.
 
Let's take a look.
 
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Mexico's coral reefs are some of the most beautiful in the world, and like many reefs, they are under threat.
 
An increase in temperature and more pollution in the ocean is killing coral reefs around the world.
 
However, two Mexican marine biology students want to change that.
 
Isabela Rios Amadorand Marina Garmendia have come up with a way to potentially safeguard the country's Caribbean coral.
 
Their project, called "Coralisma", utilizes a novel reforestation technique that places healthy coral in a protected floating system so that it can grow.
 
SOUNDBITE (SPANISH): ISABELA RIOS AMADOR, Marine Biology Student
"Our farm is made of 10 PVC structures that resemble a tree. Each tree has 60 corals. We have 10 in total, which would be 600 corals that we will be replanting. The cool thing about this method is that it works during hurricanes and bad weather. How do we achieve this For the structure of the tree, first we put the weights at 15 meters in depth. The weight is attached to a line, to the tree, and the line to a buoy, which allows the tree to float in the water column, moving with the current."
 
The two students will start the second phase of their project this August in reefs near Mexico's northern Quintana Roo.
 
A savigeb effort, still in progress.