The Coral Restoration Consortium: six priorities to advance the science and practice of reef restoration

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Tali Vardi, Whitney C. Hoot, Jessica Levy, Elizabeth Shaver, R. Scott Winters, Anastazia T. Banaszak, Iliana B. Baums, Valerie Chamberland, Nathan Cook, David Gulko, Margaux Y. Hein, Les Kaufman, Ilsa B. Kuffner, Michelle Loewe, Petra Lundgren, Caitlin Lustic, Petra MacGowan, Mikhail V. Matz, Miles McGonigle, Ian McLeod, Jennifer Moore, Tom Moore, Sandrine Pivard, F. Joseph Pollock, Baruch Rinkevich, David J. Suggett, Samuel Suleiman, T. Shay Viehman, Tatiana Villalobos, Virginia M. Weis, Chelsea Wolke, Phanor H. MontoyaMaya

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Coral-reef restoration is a rapidly growing movement galvanized by the accelerating degradation of the world’s tropical coral reefs. The need for faster, better, more scientifically-based restoration practices coalesced in the creation of the Coral Restoration Consortium (CRC) in 2017. In March 2020, the CRC Leadership Team met for a biennial review of international coral-reef restoration efforts and a discussion of perceived knowledge and implementation bottlenecks that may scalability and efficacy. We established six priorities that the CRC adopted as its foci of effort for the coming years: 1. Increase restoration efficiency, focusing on scale and cost-effectiveness of deployment; 2. Scale-up larval-based coral restoration efforts, emphasizing recruit health, growth, and survival; 3. Develop guidance to ensure restoration of threatened coral species takes place within a comprehensive population genetics management context; 4. Promote a holistic approach to coral reef ecosystem restoration; 5. Develop and promote the use of standardized terms and metrics for coral reef restoration; and 6. Support coral-reef restoration practitioners working in diverse geographic locations. These priorities are not intended to be exhaustive nor is it implied that solving these items alone will be sufficient to restore coral reefs globally; rather they are topics in which the CRC believes it can make timely and significant contributions that will facilitate the growth of coral-reef restoration as a practical conservation strategy. The intent is for these collective actions to provide tangible local-scale impacts to off-set international declines in coral cover due to both local and global stressors including climate change. This talk will cover the specific activities that the CRC is engaged in as well as the research gaps identified under these priorities.

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