Epoxy Adhesive Used to Mend Coral Reef off Philippines’ Hundred Islands
Fixing coral reefs with the help of adhesives may sound strange, but it is a reality. Pioneer Adhesive's epoxy clay is being used for the job, in which divers affix coral fragments to bare rock in the hope that the living coral will grow and regenerate the threatened coral reef. The fragments are grown in special coral nurseries before being taken out to sea where divers first clean rocks, and then attach the coral using a combination of nails, zip ties and the epoxy clay.
The project is sponsored by Pioneer Adhesives Foundation Inc. in cooperation with local government and Pangasinan State University in the Philippines. In a single dive expedition, five teams of divers consisting of five divers per team will plant up to 2,500 coral fragments. Meanwhile, onshore efforts to support the establishment of the coral have been underway with volunteers planting mangroves to prevent sedimentation.