Ecuador's Galapagos park testing coral replanting

STORY: These park rangers are testing out

different ways to replant coral

in Ecuador's Galapagos National Park

Climate events have pushed corals

in the archipelago nearly to extinction

They've tested how coral

reproduces on various surfaces

and have been growing samples in a nursery

before adding them to the bay

(Harry Reyes, Park ranger)

"These corals are important because they are recyclers in the ocean. They convert all the CO2 into oxygen. These corals are important because they are refuges, nurseries, and nursery areas for some fish species."

They've seen some improvements

like the appearance of new fish

Coral reef die-offs affect the marine food supply chain

and are considered a major climate tipping point