Collecting Corals for the Steinhart Aquarium
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These small cuttings will be grown into larger colonies, which can then be fragmented to produce corals for display, in-house research projects and exchange with other zoos and aquaria.
Exchanging captive-propagated corals is one way that we are able to reduce collection pressures on wild reefs.
"Corals of Opportunity" citations: http://www.coralreef.gov/mitigation/coralopportunity_coralnurseries.pdf