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The Living Planet
Reef Restoration Program

Restoring 22 million square feet of coral reef.

Our Mission

Loveland Living Planet Aquarium (LLPA) is a tax exempt 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a mission to inspire people to Explore, Discover, and Learn about Earth’s diverse ecosystems. Taking this mission a step further, the Aquarium fosters stewardship of our Living Planet through conservation initiatives including The Living Planet Reef Restoration Program, which has a goal to restore 22 million square feet of coral reef in the Coral Triangle.

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Home to a quarter of marine species, coral reefs occupy less than one percent of the world’s oceans. Many coral species could be lost permanently if coral reef systems continue to deteriorate.

Coral Reefs face many threats including:
  • Disease
  • Pollution
  • Overfishing
  • Dynamite fishing
  • Destructive recreational divers
  • Bleaching caused by rising sea temperatures due to climate change
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How to Help

Coral reef systems are in decline. Without change, scientists estimate we will lose 70 to 90 percent of reefs in the next 30 years. To help prevent this devastating loss, The Living Planet Reef Restoration Program is taking action. We are using a proven method, often referred to as coral farming, which utilizes underwater coral farms to grow and then “replant” coral fragments to re-establish healthy reefs.

Your contribution will help reestablish these critical ecosystems.
Thank you for your support.

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Coral Fragment

$25
Details
  • Certificate
  • Name on Aquarium Coral Reef Restoration Wall
  • Website Recognition
  • Thank You Letter
  • Coral Reef Fact Sheet
  • Coral Magnet
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Coral Tree

$1,500
Details
  • Coral Tag Tree Identifier
  • Digital Photo of Coral Tree
  • Certificate
  • Name on Aquarium Coral Reef Restoration Wall
  • Website Recognition
  • Thank You Letter
  • Coral Reef Fact Sheet
  • Coral Magnet
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Fund a Marine Biologist for One Year

$7,500
Details
  • Help support a local, Philippines-based Marine Biologist*
  • Framed/Signed Photograph of Biologist Working in the Field
  • Thank you digital video from Marine Biologist
  • Certificate Including Biologist’s Name and Bio
  • Name on Aquarium Coral Reef Restoration Wall
  • Website Recognition
  • Thank You Letter
  • Coral Reef Fact Sheet
  • Coral Magnet

*Donation covers full-time wages, health insurance, and equipment for one year.

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Expedition Sponsor

$25,000
Details
  • Join the LLPA Team on the Next Expedition
  • Includes Hotel Stay and Diving for Two People for One Week*
  • Digital Underwater Photos and Videos of Expedition Site
  • Certificate Including Coordinates of Expedition
  • Expedition Sponsor Plaque Displayed at Aquarium
  • Name on Aquarium Coral Reef Restoration Wall
  • Website Recognition
  • Thank You Letter
  • Coral Reef Fact Sheet
  • Coral Magnet

*One room, double occupancy, at a preferred resort. Does not include airfare.

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What We Do

Coral Farming

The Living Planet Reef Restoration Program uses a coral farming technique, a method successfully being used in the Caribbean. Our divers collect small coral fragments, about the size of a finger, that have naturally broken off a reef through storm activity. Those fragments are suspended on coral trees, which are secured to the seafloor. This suspension allows the fragments to grow much more rapidly than usual.

Coral tree sites can accommodate up to 20 trees, forming a nursery. Up to 600 new corals can grow on each tree per year. It’s possible for one nursery to generate 12,000 new coral fragments each year, which will be planted to form a new, healthy reef ecosystem. The coral fragments are also genetically suited to adapt to rising ocean temperatures, and as they mature and reproduce, their genes are passed along, giving future generations of coral the best chance for survival.

Why We Do It

Coral reefs are critical to the health of our shared global ecosystem.

Coastline Protection

Coral protects the coastlines from storm surges for 109 countries.

Biodiversity

Coral provides food and shelter to 25 percent of all fish species.

Food

We rely on coral for an estimated 10 percent of our food worldwide.

Economics

Coral, and the animals who call it home, are a draw for recreational divers around the world and promotes tourism which many countries rely on.

Donate

If you’d like to make a donation towards The Living Planet Reef Restoration Program in an amount not listed above, please do so here. Thank you for your support.

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Contact Us

Want to learn more or have a question about The Living Planet Reef Restoration Program?

info@thelivingplanet.com

(801) 355-3474

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