Underwater nurseries nurture corals and more in waters off Singapore's southern coast

Coral fragments being nurtured at in-situ nurseries in the waters off Lazarus Island, one of Singapore's southern islands. In-situ nurseries mean that the fragments are reared not in tanks on shore, but in the ocean itself, under the supervision of m
Coral fragments being nurtured at in-situ nurseries in the waters off Lazarus Island, one of Singapore's southern islands.PHOTOS: REEF ECOLOGY LAB
Lead researcher Crystle Wee, who worked with eight other researchers on the study as part of her final-year project as an undergraduate.
Lead researcher Crystle Wee, who worked with eight other researchers on the study as part of her final-year project as an undergraduate.

They also provide shelter and food for organisms that need corals for survival

In the waters off Singapore's southern coast, underwater gardens are being coaxed back to life.

Coral fragments have been "planted" in places that were previously devoid of sea life, such as areas with damaged coral, or man-made structures such as sea walls.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 04, 2020, with the headline 'Underwater nurseries nurture corals and more'. Print Edition | Subscribe