In November 2013, a few days before cyclone Yolanda struck, I visited the Coral Farm site.
Because I was just recovering from a severe bout of bronchitis I could not risk visiting the underwater section of the farm with my small waterproof camera.
Thus for the purpose of this web page, which is to give a quick insight into Coral Farming in Lubang Island, I have used some screen dumps from a video produced by RVS Fishworld.
I hope that this comes within the category of "Fair Use" and that interested people further pursue the well prepared and informative videos.
In particular https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVtj012XI10 is an interesting video posted by Barnett Shutman of RVS Fishworld. It depicts the coral farm's underwater nursery tables and trays one week after the CAT. 5 Super Typhoon Yolanda hit Lubang Island.
Degradation of reefs means the loss of food security and employment for coastal peoples, many of them living in poverty.
Corals are a keystone species of the reef ecosystem in the same way that trees are keystone species of forest ecosystems. Corals appear to be essential to reef restoration just as trees are essential to reforestation.
Reference: Reef Restoration
by Alasdair Edwards and Edgardo Gomez.
Concepts & Guidelines.