FARMED CORALS.  
  Back in 1997 I started hearing about some hobbyists and professionals experimenting with the idea of cutting small pieces of their favorite coral and gluing them to other pieces of rock. Then Fiji was hit by a major cyclone and one of our favorite collecting reefs was smashed to bits. When we went there a few week after the storm there were little pieces of coral everywhere all over the sandy bottom. I thought this was a terrible tragedy and moved on. Then I went back to that same reef about three weeks later to show a visiting scientist the site and discovered that all those little pieces had started to send off little shoots towards the sun.
    This incident made me realize that coral farming could become a reality within our industry and hired that same scientist to begin our experiments with different types of hard coral fragments. About the same time I visited my friend, Dave Palmer, in the Solomon Islands and he showed me some racks they were working on in a remote island to the north of Honiara. After returning to Fiji I modified what I saw just a little and coral farming as we practice it today was born.
    As time went on we started to experiment with other types of coral and today our diversity spans over a wide range of species. On one reef we have 5 different farms and the potential to grow over 20,000 pieces on that reef alone. It has taken many years to get the distributors interested in this type of product but we persevered with the faith that on day this would be a major part of our market.
    Today the export of cultured coral and rock consist of about 20% of our annual export and we see the number growing. We have discovered new ways of doing things as we continue to experiment and our new manager has brought many fresh ideas with him from Australia where he dabbled in coral farming in that country.
    Our background and support of the Aquaculture/Mariculture extension of our industry has put us in a position to have grown some of most beautiful Cultured Corals that you are apt to see. Here are a few.
 
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Not all Corals shown are available 100% of the time.
Acropora
anthocercis
Acropora
cerealis
Acropora
cerealis
Acropora
hyacinthus
Acropora
nasuta
Acropora
natalensis
Acropora
polystoma
Acropora
samoensis
Acropora
samoensis

Acropora
samoensis
Acropora
secale
Acropora
tenuis
Acropora
tizardi
Acropora
valida
Acanthastrea
bowerbanki
Clavularia
spp.
Clavularia
spp.
Montipora
undata

Montipora
verrucosa
Porites
lichen
Sarcophyton
elegans
Sarcophyton
elegans
Platygyra
daedalea
Seriatopora
hystrix
Seriatopora
hystrix
Stylophora
pistillata
Turbinaria
patula

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