The Saint Lucia Dive Association is currently managing two separate coral nurseries on the west coast of Saint Lucia. Cutty Cove, just north of Windjammer landing, and Anse Jambette, at Canaries, are home to more than fifteen trees, each of which is cleaned regularly by members of the Association and volunteers, and coral fragments outplanted once they reach the required length to be able to survive on the reef.
The Cutty Cove project is operated in conjunction with the National Conservation Fund, and the Anse Jambette project with the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (5Cs).
A biorock project is currently in the planning stages, in conjunction with the Grenada Coral Reef Foundation, and funded by Karayib Klima out of Guadeloupe.
Biorock is a cement-like engineering material formed when a small electric current is passed between underwater metal electrodes placed in seawater causing dissolved minerals to accrete onto the cathode to form a thick layer of limestone. This ‘accretion process’ can be used to create artificial ‘electrified reefs’ for the benefit of corals and other sea-life. To learn more about the biorock process, please click here.