One of the greatest threats to coral reefs around the world is climate change by rising sea temperatures. To ensure the reef surrounding Kokomo continues to thrive, we launched our Kokomo Coral Restoration Project in 2018. This project is being led by the Kokomo Marine Biology Team and Marine Department, and our main goal is to increase the number of heat resilient corals on our Kokomo house reef. The more heat resilient corals we have on our house reef, the more likely the reef will survive in years to come.
Guests are encouraged to take part in all stages of the restoration process. Working with our team they can learn how to identify heat resilient corals, plant coral fragments into one of our 7 coral nurseries, and learn how to transplant corals back on to the Kokomo house reef.
To date Kokomo has transplanted over 2,000 corals back on to our house reef and has increased our coral nurseries to hold over 3,000 corals per season. We have added 2 new coral nurseries to our eastern side and grow corals in 3 different styles of nursery.