Coral reef authorities in Guam sign partnership agreement


A fragment of Acropora pulchra grows on one of the coral trees in the Piti Coral Ocean Nursery in November 2019.  Photo by Laurie Raymundo

A fragment of Acropora pulchra grows on one of the coral trees in the Piti Coral Ocean Nursery in November 2019. Photo by Laurie Raymundo

A working alliance among coral reef scientists and managers related to reef restoration, rehabilitation and damage mitigation has been formalized through the Guam Reef Restoration and Intervention Partnership (GRRIP) launched on Wednesday.

The agreement was signed among the University of Guam, the Guam Bureau of Statistics and Plans, the Guam Department of Agriculture, the Guam Environmental Protection Agency, and UnderWater World Inc.

“By formalizing this MOU, it gives the agencies the weight to allow their personnel to get involved in these kinds of activities,” said Laurie J. Raymundo, interim director of the UOG Marin