Regrowing Corals by Microfragmentation – The Atlantic magazine

David Vaughan heads a team that is growing and planting corals back in the ocean, in the Florida Reef Tract, the third largest coral reef in the world. His team discovered a means of inducing the corals to grow much faster than normal by breaking or cutting the coral, a process called microfragmentation.  Mr. Vaughan believes that this way we can regrow and restore our world’s Elkhorn coral population. The coral reef is the “underwater forested jungle – if we lose the jungle we lose all the organisms in it.”  Vaughan is the executive director of the Mote Tropical Research Laboratory in Summerland Key, Florida.