Project Coral seeks to help save our coral reefs
Update March 2017:
We're over the moon that you have helped us to achieve our 5k target! We're now stretching for 10k to help fund this vital work taking place in the Horniman Aquarium.
Did you know that 60% of the world's coral reefs may die within the next 20 years?
Coral reefs are one the most biological diverse habitats on earth, taking up less than 0.1% of the oceans floor they are home to 25% of all marine life.
An estimated 800 million people globally have some level of dependency on these valuable ecosystems too, so the damage happening to the reefs is affecting livelihoods, as well as countless species in our oceans.
Why has this happened?
Overfishing, pollution, climate change with its ensuing ocean acidification, have pushed reefs to the brink of collapse. Consequently over 30% of the world’s reefs are considered seriously damaged and 60% may die within the next 20 years.
The need for research into coral reproduction is therefore of paramount importance.
What will your help enable us to do?
Our research has already make global breakthroughs in the march to save endangered corals, and we really need your help in continuing this project.
The Horniman Aquarium has become the first institution globally to purposefully reproduce broadcast coral in captivity. Project Coral uses microprocessor technologies to investigate the influences of the lunar cycle, daytime changes, seasonal temperature, solar irradiation and nutritional input on egg and sperm production and release.
We Need Your Support
Project Coral depends on the support of our partners and dedicated individuals to carry out this vital work. With your help, we can expand our studies to develop a Northern latitude reef and Southern Latitudinal reef, allowing the study of a broader spectrum of environmental conditions that play a role in inducing coral reproduction.We would be delighted to discuss Project Coral or how you can support this unique project.
30 Nov 2018
The Horniman Museum and Gardens
Appeal Contact Details
The Horniman Museum and Gardens, 100 London Road, London, London (Greater London). SE23 3PQ
020 8291 8715