From warming waters that stress our corals and their symbiotic algae partners, to damage from fertilizer and chemical run-off, as well as, large-scale commercial fishing – our Coral Reefs and the benefits that they bring are being threatened daily.
Our Coral Reefs are not only a source of inspiration by their beauty but are an ecosystem not seen anywhere else on the planet. Corals shelter algae that live inside them. The algae supply the corals with the nutrients that they need to survive. In turn the coral by-products allow the algae to thrive.
Algae and other marine plants create between 70-80% of the oxygen
in the atmosphere so the effect of coral health on humans and animals is
When we have large groups of corals living in the same area, we call
them reefs and these reefs also provide food and a habitat for one
quarter of the world’s fish and marine animals.
ADE, or Aquaculture Development for the Environment, is a nonprofit organization registered in the US and Fiji that enables and assists Coral
Reef conservation/restoration projects within Fiji and around the world.
Our initial focus is to support and fund training and building efforts for local community reef restoration projects.
The ADE Project enables the promotion of sustainable management and conservation of global marine ecosystems and develops Aquaculture
for the protection of our environment while contributing to rural communities through training and economic support.
The process begins at village level. ADE supplies the complete infrastructure and training to teach the villages in the original technique of taking
small pieces of coral that are snipped from a mother colony and attached to unique bases. These specially designed bases allow for maximum
coral growth and provide the perfect foothold for attachment on the reef to grow and flourish.
We’ve found that entire villages become enthusiastically involved as they start to see the rapid progress on their reefs with ADE management
in place. There is no better way to foster stewardship than taking part in a process that provides such benefit.
My name is Walt Smith and I am the founder of the ADE Project and creator of the coral bases used by our restoration system.
By creating this book series I hope to bring more awareness to the issues that surround our coral reefs today. A portion of the sale of every book will go towards supporting ADE. To learn more about this worthwhile project I invite you to visit www.adeproject.org.
I hope that you enjoy taking the journey with our Bula Buddies and are looking forward to our next addition.