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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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.
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, observing 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.
September 2021 - July 2022
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 to protect the ocean. Throughout the year, there are also various conservation engagement activities, including guided eco-tours, aquarium tour, and sharing sessions.
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.
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