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  • Horniman's first predictable coral spawning, Spawning of Acropora valida, September 2013
    Spawning of Acropora valida, September 2013

Project Coral is an innovative coral reproductive research project led by the Horniman Aquarium with international partners to develop techniques to stimulate coral reproduction.

Did you know that 60% of the world's coral reefs may die within the next 20 years?

Coral reefs are one the most biologically diverse habitats on earth, taking up less than 0.1% of the ocean floor they are home to 25% of all marine life.

An estimated 800 million people globally have some level of dependency on these valuable ecosystems too, so the damage happening to the reefs is affecting livelihoods, as well as countless species in our oceans.

Why has this happened?

Overfishing, pollution, climate change with its ensuing ocean acidification, have pushed reefs to the brink of collapse. Consequently over 30% of the world’s reefs are considered seriously damaged and 60% may die within the next 20 years. The need for research into coral reproduction is therefore of paramount importance.

So what can we do about it?

We want to develop this world leading scientific research for real world ecological benefit. Through our work, we will: 

  •  Save endangered corals
  •  Secure the world’s coral reefs
  •  Further sustainability of the trade
  •  Train conservationists

That's where Project Coral comes in

The Horniman Aquarium has been pioneering research into developing techniques to stimulate coral sexual reproduction, and became the first institution globally to successfully induce predictable broadcast coral spawning as well as the first successful in-vitro fertilisation of captive corals in the UK.

Our breakthrough of controlled captive coral spawning will support coral research facilities all over the world, by opening up opportunities to examine the effects of climate change, aid restoration of the reefs and support sustainable livelihoods.

We Need Your Support

Project Coral depends on the support of our partners and dedicated individuals to carry out this vital work. With your help, we can expand our studies to develop a Northern latitude reef and Southern Latitudinal reef, allowing the study of a broader spectrum of environmental conditions that play a role in inducing coral reproduction.

Donate now and help us to save our coral reefs!

Learn more about Project Coral and the story so far

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