Ferse, Sebastian C. A. and Kunzmann, Andreas (2009) Effects of Concrete-Bamboo Cages on Coral Fragments: Evaluation of a Low-Tech Method Used in Artisanal Ocean-Based Coral Farming. Journal of Applied Aquaculture, 21 (1). pp. 31-49. DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/10454430802694538.

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To evaluate the effect of inexpensive cages made from concrete and bamboo on the skeletal extension rates of the scleractinian corals Acropora gomezi and Pavona cactus, fragments were cultured without cages, inside partial cages, and inside full cages with bamboo covers of two mesh sizes at different depths around Sambangan Island, Indonesia. An additional experiment was designed to assess the impact of shading by cages on skeletal extension. Linear extension rates of all fragments were measured over a period of four months. Culture inside cages led to significantly reduced extension rates of A. gomezi at both depths, while P. cactus only showed significantly reduced extension rates when cultured in full cages at greater depth. Caging lead to a significant increase in skeletal damage at both depths in A. gomezi, and at shallow depth in P. cactus. Shaded fragments of A. gomezi had much smaller extension rates (5 ± 1 mm/132 days, mean ± SE) than unshaded fragments (24 ± 1 mm/132 days) and sustained significantly more damage, while shaded fragments of P. cactus grew significantly better (15 ± 0 mm/132 days) than unshaded fragments (12 ± 0 mm/132 days) and sustained less damage, although the difference was not significant. The culture of coral fragments without cages may yield the best results. However, the choice of the optimal culture method will depend on the species to be cultured and the conditions encountered in the reef.

Document Type: Article
Programme Area: UNSPECIFIED
Research affiliation: Ecology
Ecology > Experimental Aquaculture
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/10454430802694538
ISSN: 1045-4438
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2020 13:28
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2024 13:30
URI: http://cris.leibniz-zmt.de/id/eprint/3384

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