Coral Tree holds a unique genetic strain, or genotype, of coral. The coral nursery trees are 5 feet tall, are composed of 10 branches. Coral trees are made of a PVC trunk and fiberglass branches. They are tethered to the seafloor using a sand anchor and are suspended in the water column using sub-surface buoys. This design allows the trees to move freely within the water column and dissipates wave energy, preventing damage both to the tree structure and the corals. A “full” tree can hold anywhere from 100 to 160 corals.

Coral Restoration Project on Bonaire

Technical Details

  • Camera: NIKON D810
  • Taken: January 2, 2014
  • Focal length: 15mm
  • Aperture: f/1,024
  • Exposure: 1/250 second
  • ISO: 50