HARP is a new, high impact partnership with Anantara Resorts (Minor Hotel Group) that has both global and local significance and visibility. The successful pilot program in the Maldives established the key steps of a larger initiative by saving corals from the devastating impacts of the crown of thorns starfish (COTS), establishing long-term monitoring sites on two atolls, and collecting baseline knowledge on the status of these reefs prior to coral bleaching in April 2016. We have now characterized the impacts of the El Niño and bleaching event and have identified some of the strongest and most resilient corals that are being used in our coral gardening initiative. We have established several coral nurseries on two atolls and completed our first habitat restoration.
Over the next two years, we will be expand our coral nurseries, begin to rehabilitate degraded reefs and establish new programs in Sri Lanka, Mozambique and Zanzibar. This initiative incorporates science, conservation, education and capacity building to help protect and restore reefs.
Coral Reef CPR Corp. is a registered 501c(3) in the USA.