At village level ADE supplies the complete infrastructure and training to teach the villages in the original technique of donor coral fragmentation and the attachment to the unique bases that have been adopted from the coral growing expertise of Walt Smith of WSI. These specialized bases allow for maximum coral growth while providing an ideal “rack to reef” attachment once the corals are stable and ready to be “planted” on the reef to reach full maturity. They then become part of the spawning population leading to expansive exponential habitat expansion.
We have found the entire village becomes enthusiastically involved as they start to see the progress on their reefs in such a short amount of time with the ADE management and process in place. There is no better way to foster stewardship than actually taking part in a process that has such benefit.
Student Visits to our Lautoka Facility
During the school year we invite the local schools to visit our facility in Lautoka. They come in droves. When the buses turn up either Walt or one of the Marine Biologists on staff will give the students a tour of the facility and then explain to them the importance of the various marine life on display and what role they play in the environment.
Each year we entertain about 5,000 students, teachers and parents who all learn something new that day. We believe that starting an appreciation for our marine environment at a young age will stay with them the rest of their life.
Walt Smith teaching the villagers about the corals and how the process works.
Local village women securing the newly cut coral fragments. These will be placed on special racks in the ocean to grow out.
Even the Chief’s wife was happy to get involved