The goal of the Genetics Working Group is to ensure restoration of threatened coral species proceeds within a population genetics management context. There are four objectives:
(1) Improve access to genetic profiling techniques.
(2) Develop phenotyping methods while considering environmental change
(3) Develop a coral restoration genetics data repository
(4) Articulate methods to minimize risks during translocation.
Our priorities for the 2020-2025 timeframe include:
Provide guidance to managers for outplanting corals produced using assisted gene flow (AGF).
Provide guidance to managers and practitioners for managed breeding programs with specific regard to phenotyping.
Expand phenotyping methods and implementation for practitioners.
Track genomic resources and effort for reef restoration.
Promote self-sustaining populations of outplanted recruits.
WHAT WE'RE WORKING ON
A perspectives paper on managing expectations for selective breeding of future corals.
An evaluation of managed translocation of corals within and outside of their existing range of restoration.