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Welcome to Coral Academy

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How It Got Started

Located at the Simon F.S. Li Marine Science Laboratory, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Coral Academy is an outreach programme lead by Dr. Apple Chui, a Research Assistant Professor from the School of Life Sciences, 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, workshops, eco-tours and lab visits.
     

  • To establish a connection between participants and local corals through coral adoption and first-hand experience in local coral restoration work, including coral propagation, nursery tank maintenance, coral outplanting, and field monitoring.
     

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

     

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Coral Academy 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 we enhance coral population resilience and restore degraded coral habitats at ecologically meaningful scales? 

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.

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珊瑚修復探索之旅
Journey to Coral Restoration

2.5 hours

藉著珊瑚講座、360° VR虛擬實境水底生態調查、珊瑚助養、水質監測工作坊,及導賞參觀中文大學李福善海洋科學研究中心的珊瑚培育及研究基地,不但讓參加者了解香港珊瑚的現況及認識珊瑚生物學,更能夠親身協助修復本地珊瑚群落,建立與本地珊瑚之間的聯繫,肩負保育珊瑚的重任!

Through a series of activities including coral introductory seminar, 360° VR virtual underwater survey exercise, coral adoption, water quality monitoring workshop, and a guided tour to visit the Coral nursery and Propagation Centre at the Simon F. S. Li Marine Science Laboratory CUHK,  the participants got to know more about coral biology and their current status in Hong Kong. Also, they were able to assist in the restoration of local coral communities on a first-hand basis, which further connect them with the local coral communities. Let’s shoulder the important mission of coral conservation together!

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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. 

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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

Full academic year

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.
 

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RTHK 香港電台

潛水衣與實驗袍完美結合,乘風破浪與科學分析缺一不可。全情投入的年輕科研團隊,完成香港首次人工有性繁殖珊瑚後,正以創新技術研究珊瑚的生長機制。

珊瑚對外界環境異常敏感,生長速度又特別緩慢,要克服兩大樽頸,靠的是熱情與堅持。實驗顛倒日夜,下水不分寒暑,參考外國經驗,配合先進儀器,團隊近年有新突破,復修計劃漸有成效。

全球暖化與極端天氣延禍世代,上升的水溫與強勁的颱風,逐漸迫近危害珊瑚生存的紅線。團隊與多方友好協作集氣,一個水缸都不嫌少,務求壯大本地珊瑚復修。但世界只會越來越艱難,未來的保育事業不容樂觀。「珊瑚媽媽」Apple與她的同伴,在潮起潮落之間努力守護大海,同時亦見證珊瑚與自己的成長。

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CUHK in Touch

The coral restoration citizen science project, a partnership with WWF, aims to change that. It trains coral rescuers to conduct underwater surveys and collect damaged coral fragments, which are brought back to CUHK’s Simon F.S. Li Marine Science Laboratory, then taken to a platform set up by CUHK on the seabed.

Dr Chui also says that everyone should take individual action to reduce their impact on the environment, from avoiding coral-damaging activities to reducing their carbon footprint. “Once a coral is damaged, it requires a lot of resources and time to restore it. Restoration should really come last. First we should try to conserve everything. The big picture is we need to cut global carbon emissions; if we’re not minding our carbon footprint, we won’t achieve anything.”

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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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Elvis Wong

Mphil Student

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Jenny Chan

Research Assistant

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Taison Chang

PhD Student

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Billy Cheung

Research Assistant 

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Thomas Fong

Research Assistant 

Alumni

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Daniel Mak

Research Assistant

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Iris Lai

Research Assistant

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Christy Kong

Research Assistant

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(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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