"… this book is the first to describe, in detail, the art and science of coral reef restoration. It is to be hoped that the information that can be gleaned within the pages of this book will set a path towards continued preservation of this valuable underwater treasure to be used, appreciated, and experienced for future generations."
-- Senator Bob Graham (retired), Miami Lakes, Florida, from the Foreword
Most of what we know about the rehabilitation of coral reef systems stems from efforts to repair reefs injured by vessels that have run aground. To date, however, there is a paucity of published literature regarding the efficacy and/or failure of coral reef restoration techniques. While most of the literature that is available comes from meeting abstracts, workshops and technical memoranda, these papers and reports have forged a scientific framework that can help guide future efforts.
The Coral Reef Restoration Handbook is the first published volume devoted to the science of coral reef restoration. It offers a scientific, conceptual framework along with practical strategies for reef assessment and restoration. Contributors from a variety of disciplines discuss engineering, geological, biological, and socioeconomic factors to create a text that is designed to guide scientists and resource managers in the decision-making process from initial assessment of the injury through conceptual restoration design, implementation, and monitoring. An excellent selection of relevant case studies is utilized to illustrate concepts and challenges inherent in the process of restoration.
This volume gives reef scientists and managers the opportunity to glean significant information from previous efforts. It provides them with the opportunity to build on the lessons learned and develop successful restoration efforts into the future.
Table of Contents
Coral Reef Restoration: The Rehabilitation of an Ecosystem under Siege; William F. Precht and Martha Robbart
A Thousand Cuts? An Assessment of Small-Boat Grounding Damage to Shallow Corals of the Florida Keys; Steven J. Lutz
Coral Reef Restoration: An Overview; Beth Zimmer
Natural Resilience of Coral Reef Ecosystems; N.J. Quinn and B.L. Kojis
Compensatory Restoration: How Much Is Enough? Legal, Economic, and Ecological Considerations; Sharon K. Shutler, Steve Gittings, Tony Penn, and Joe Schittone
Applied Modeling of Coral Reef Ecosystem Function and Recovery; Gregory A. Piniak, Mark S. Fonseca, W. Judson Kenworthy, Paula E. Whitfield, Gary Fisher, and Brian E. Julius
If You Build It, Will They Come? Toward a Concrete Basis for Coral Reef Gardening; Les Kaufman
Legal Protections for Coral Reefs; Mary Gray Davidson
Streamlined Injury Assessment and Restoration Planning in the U.S. National Marine Sanctuaries; Lisa C. Symons, Alice Stratton, and William Goodwin
Aesthetic Components of Ecological Restoration; Jessica Tallman
International Trends in Injury Assessment and Restoration; Greg E. Challenger
Lessons Learned from Experimental Key-Species Restoration; Margaret W. Miller and Alina M. Szmant
Cooperative Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Coral Reef Restoration at the Container Ship Houston Grounding in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary; George P. Schmahl, Donald Deis, and Sharon Shutler
Restoration Outcomes of the Fortuna Reefer Grounding at Mona Island, Puerto Rico; Andrew W. Bruckner and Robin J. Bruckner
Review of Coral Reef Restoration and Mitigation in Hawaii and the U.S.-Affiliated Pacific Islands; Paul L. Jokiel, Steven P. Kolinski, John Naughton, and James E. Maragos
The Coral Gardening Concept and the Use of Underwater Nurseries: Lessons Learned from Silvics and Silviculture; Baruch Rinkevich
Lessons Learned in the Construction and Operation of Coral Reef Microcosms and Mesocosms; Walter H. Adey
Ethical Dilemmas in Coral Reef Restoration; Rebecca L. Vidra
The Volunteer Movement in Coral Reef Restoration; Robin J. Bruckner
Monitoring the Efficacy of Reef Restoration Projects: Where Are We and Where Do We Need to Go? Cheryl Wapnick and Anne McCarthy
". . . does provide the most comprehensive compilation to date of information on coral reef restoration . . . Coral Reef Restoration Handbook gives a good summary of the state of the science as well as some of the legal and ethical aspects of coral reef restoration."
– Richard F. Ambrose, Director of the Environmental Program and Professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences , University of California, Los Angeles, in Ecological Restoration, December 2007, Vol. 25, No.4
". . . the book is an excellent resource for those considering involvement in reef restoration or those interested in more information outside their area of expertise . . . The book’s broad scope and detailed reference lists will guarantee it a long shelf life."
– Dwayne W. Meadows, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service, in Restoration Ecology, June 2008, Vol. 16, No. 2