A campaign started yesterday with the premiere of a documentary at the Magaly Cinema and presentation of a new book, “Colares Mágicos.” Both are about coral reefs. Various experts came together to launch the campaign which aims to cultivate 1,000 corals.
Just as we reforest by planting trees, we should do similar projects with corals because of their importance. They are needed to break natural waves and stabilize the terrain of the coasts by producing sands and preventing erosion. The documentary shows the deterioration suffered by coral reefs. With higher temperatures, the corals force out the algae they need nutrients from. They then lose their color and become calcium skeletons.
The initiative seeks to raise funds to cultivate 1,000 corals in a nursery and then plant them in the damaged reefs found in Golfito. $35,000 is the goal set. Companies and individuals can donate at https://www.raisingcoral.org/donate.
The documentary will be brought to movie theaters and schools in different areas of the country to educate about the biological function of corals and coral reefs as well as the threats the face.