Didier Laplace, who was born in St Barts, noticed every year that some colonies of corals were dead in several areas of the island. He also noticed an increasing disappearance of fish species.
Five years ago he decided to think about the reasons of such a disaster and after many research he figured out the causes. Then he dedicated his time to finding the best ways to restore these corals.
Didier participated to different restoration programs in several continents in order to find the appropriate technique for the island’s marine ecosystem. He met the best marine biologists whom had all carried out restoration’s programs. Established for many years, these programs have already proven to be successful.At the beginning of 2015, he recruited a team familiar to the marine environment of the island and created the Coral Restoration St-Barth organization whose only purpose is to give life back to the damaged reefs.
Our mission is to restore the reefs devastated by repopulating the reef areas damaged with genetically strong, diverse corals that will in turn reseed the reefs, and at the same time understand the biology and mechanisms of coral bleaching, the role of coral host over its symbiotic algae zooxanthellae and the coral bleaching episodes.
Educate young generations and the general public, stakeholders of the tourism industry, engaged environmental organizations on the importance of preserving marine ecosystems. The future of the oceans is a key pillar of marine conservation.
Awareness of the local community opens a door towards social and economic development, primarily through ecotourism and enhancement of marine biodiversity.