Welcome to Coral Academy

 
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How It Got Started

Coral Academy is an outreach programme lead by Dr. Apple Chui, a research assistant professor from the School of Life Sciences, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, with the following objectives: 

  • To enhance public awareness and knowledge of the rich marine biodiversity of Hong Kong, with a special focus on coral communities and conservation through seminars, coral workshops and lab visits.

  • To establish a connection between participants and local corals through a first-hand experience of nurturing coral fragments to be used in local coral restoration works.

  • To promote individual behavioural and lifestyle changes to protect the marine environment.


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Our Lab

Our research focuses on the biology, ecology and restoration of coral ecosystems in Hong Kong, a marginal environment for coral growth. Our research addresses two main questions: How will projected future climate change affect corals that are currently present in marginal coral environments like Hong Kong? And can coral chimerism be used as a tool to enhance the resilience of corals, and hence be used as one of the strategies for active coral restoration in the future?

Take some time to explore the blog, read something interesting, and feel free to reach out if you would like to collaborate on a project together.

 
 

Our Programmes

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認識珊瑚群落及保育
Learn about Hong Kong Coral Communities and Conservation

4 hours

透過珊瑚講座、漁農自然護理署《香港海洋生物多樣性》紀錄片放映、珊瑚骨展示、中文大學李福善海洋科學研究中心的導賞,讓參加者認識珊瑚及本地的海洋生物多樣性,參加者參觀珊瑚培育及研究基地後,能夠親身助養珊瑚,建立與本地珊瑚之間的聯繫,更添一份保育珊瑚的使命!

The workshop includes a coral introductory seminar, a presentation of AFCD “HK Marine Biodiversity” documentary, a showcase of coral skeletons, a visit to the coral culturing facilities at the Simon F. S. Li Marine Science Laboratory CUHK, and a first-hand adoption of a coral experience.

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東平洲珊瑚生態探索之旅
Learn about Coral Communities in Tung Ping Chau Marine Park

9 hours

參加者不但透過珊瑚工作坊以互動方式認識本地海洋生態,更能夠在導師帶領下探索東平洲海岸公園的海岸,透過遊戲尋找海岸上的珊瑚骨及潮間帶各種小生物的痕跡。東平洲之旅緊接著中文大學李福善海洋科學研究中心的導賞及助養珊瑚,啟發新一代成為保衛海洋的一份子。

Participants can have a quick glimpse of Hong Kong’s marine ecology as well as the magnificent coral world through different interactive activities, including an introductory seminar on corals, coral identification workshops, and a guided eco-shore exploration in the marine park to observe various traces of intertidal wildlife and corals. Afterwards, participants will visit the coral culturing facilities at the Simon F. S. Li Marine Science Laboratory at CUHK, and end the day with a first-hand adoption of a coral experience.

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世界自然基金會香港分會 x 珊瑚學院 公民科學家計劃:珊瑚拯救小隊 
WWF-HK x Coral Academy Citizen Scientist Programme: Coral Rescuer

May 2021 - October 2021

珊珊瑚學院與世界自然基金會在太古基金「信望未來」的贊助下,合辦了公⺠科學家計劃: 珊瑚拯救小隊。本地熱衷於海洋保護的水肺潛水員被邀請加入這個計劃,一同成為公⺠科學家。參加者 組成了「珊瑚拯救小隊」,一同協助恢復和監測本地的珊瑚群落。我們透過舉辦工作坊,以提供有關珊 瑚的基本知識、 辨別不同物種的方法,以及珊瑚復育的工作。培訓結束後,參與本計劃的公⺠科學家 在我們的研究團隊的帶領下,親自拯救在海中天然掉落的珊瑚碎塊,並定期記錄它們的生長情況。「珊 瑚拯救小隊」還在不同的潛水地點進行了生態調查,記錄珊瑚群落健康狀況的變化。

Coral Academy and WWF co-organized a Citizen Scientist Programme: Coral Rescuer, under the sponsorship of TrustTomorrow initiative by Swire. Local SCUBA divers who are keen on marine conservation were invited to join this programme and become citizen scientists. A “Coral Rescue Team” was assembled to assist in the restoration and monitoring of local coral communities. Workshops and trainings have been carried out to deliver basic knowledge about corals, identification of different species and ideas on coral restoration works. After the trainings, the citizen scientists participating in this project were led by our research team to rescue coral fragments that fall naturally in the sea, and regularly recorded their growth. The "Coral Rescue Team" also conducted ecological surveys at different dive sites to record changes in the health of coral communities. 

(截止報名日期:2021年5月17日下午6時)

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漁農自然護理署 x 珊瑚學院 育養珊瑚校園計劃
AFCD x Coral Academy Coral Nursery Education Programme

September 2021 - July 2022

將全港中學化為珊瑚培育基地,而本地中學生及老師則組成團隊擔當起照料及紀錄珊瑚健康成長的重大任務,從體驗中學習到香港海洋生態及科學知識,同時建立保護海洋的使命感!在全年計劃中,參加團隊亦有分享保育經驗的環節,與校內外群體宣揚珊瑚保育重要性,一同見證香港的珊瑚保育工作。「育養珊瑚校園計劃」參加學校由起初的5間增至本年度18間中學,育養珊瑚的種類更多元化,全年的活動亦日趨豐富,包括海岸公園戶外生態導賞、水族館導賞、校內外分享環節等,讓師生有更深入及全面的海洋保育學習體驗。

Turning local secondary schools into coral culturing stations before outplanting. This one-year programme is designed to provide students with solid knowledge and experiences in coral conservation works through school-based culturing of alive local coral fragments, which will then be outplanted for actual local coral restoration work in Hong Kong. By taking the vital role of maintaining coral tanks and monitoring coral growth and health, teams of teachers and students can learn about coral biology and ecology while establishing a sense of mission to restore coral communities and protect the ocean. Throughout the year, there are also various conservation engagement activities, including guided eco-tours, aquarium tours, and sharing sessions.

(截止報名日期:2021年9月13日下午6時)

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生態人:珊瑚媽媽

也許因為海底珊瑚在我們的視線以外,所以一直被人忽略。事實上,過去的新市鎮發展計劃及各項填海工程都影響了本港海水水質,令珊瑚數量大減。為了讓海洋生態回復朝氣,崔佩怡(Apple)聯同團隊,一直致力研究修復和育養珊瑚,希望能使珊瑚數量繼續增加,讓海底世界變得更美、更多元。

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We LEARN . We LOVE . We CONSERVE
We LEARN . We LOVE . We CONSERVE

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Dr. Apple Chui

Research Assistant Professor, School of Life Sciences, CUHK

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Candy Lee

Programme Coordinator

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Iris Lai

Research Assistant

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Christy Kong

Research Assistant

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Elvis Wong

Research Assistant 

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Jenny Chan

Research Assistant

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Taison Chang

Ph.D. Student

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Billy Cheung

Student

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Victor Li

Student

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Ryan Yip

Student

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Daniel Mak

Research Assistant
(2018-2019)

 

Contact

(Office): (852) 3943 8026
(Lab): (852) 3943 1217

Coral Academy

Simon F.S. Li Marine Science Laboratory
The Chinese University of Hong Kong 
Hong Kong SAR 

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