A diver repairs a coral reef in the Dominican Republic.
Diver A diver repairs a coral reef in the Dominican Republic. © Paul Selvaggio

Land & Water Stories

Restoring the Reef

Journey to the Caribbean to hear about a coral reef restoration firsthand in the premier podcast episode of Destination Nature.

A new podcast by The Nature Conservancy
Coral Mania A new podcast by The Nature Conservancy ©; Paul A. Selvaggio

Destination Nature: Restoring the Reef

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TNC staff members Joe Pollock and Ximena Escovar in the Caribbean Sea ready to dive and restore a coral reef.
Ready to dive Joe Pollock and Ximena Excovar, TNC staff, in the Caribbean Sea. © Paul A. Selvaggio/TNC

Fifty divers, four boats, three days and hundreds of tiny corals.

Dive below the sparkling turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea with Nature Conservancy scientist Joe Pollock to go behind the scenes of a coral restoration on the very first episode of Destination Nature. Then hear from Rita Sellares of partner organization Fundemar on what it takes to pull off Coral Mania, an intensive three-day coral transplantation project.

Learn more about:

  • How coral reefs are formed
  • The threats to coral reefs
  • What TNC is doing to protect and restore these places.

Coral Mania: A Visual Story

On the way to the coral reef divers encounter all sorts of marine life: fish, snails, octopi, turtles, sharks and more. They even pass by a shipwreck.

A shipwreck off the coast of the Dominican Republic.
Shipwreck A shipwreck off the coast of the Dominican Republic. © Paul A. Selvaggio/TNC

The divers have come from all across the Domincan Republic to learn from and participate in this restoration event. 

Divers prepare the coral reef for restoration work.
Preparing the reef Divers prepare the coral reef for restoration work. © Paul A. Selvaggio/TNC

It's a pretty amazing sight. You're looking around and you're just seeing dozens of other people and their dive buddies just working incredibly hard.

Director of Coral Strategy, Caribbean Division
Divers step off the boat into the water.
Scuba Diving Divers step off the boat into the water. © Paul A. Selvaggio/TNC

For Joe Pollock, the hope is that Coral Mania can serve as a catalyst to spark change and restoration efforts throughout the country.

About Destination Nature

Destination Nature is a new podcast series from The Nature Conservancy that brings boots-on-the-ground conservation stories to your computer.  Three pilot episodes will launch in the summer of 2019.  In each episode we explore a new project, talking with TNC staff and partners about our work in action. 

Email our team to share your thoughts about the Destination Nature podcast or to suggest topics for future episodes at destination.nature@tnc.org.

Episode Resources

Destination Nature Podcast

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