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NOAA CRP RESTORATION PROJECTS
YEAR 2009 - CRP Project #4002C (Caribbean)

Project #4002C
Kapitan Egorov-Tracy Lynn Coral Transplantation

Ponce & Guayanilla, Puerto Rico

Project name:   Kapitan Egorov-Tracy Lynn Coral Transplantation  
Project number:   4002C  
Project status:   Cancelled  
Grant Administrator:   Gulf of Mexico Foundation (for NOAA)  
Grantee:   Puerto Rico Department of Natural & Environmental Resources  
Project location:   Port of the Americas, Ponce and Guayanilla, Puerto Rico  
Grant period:   Jan 1, 2021 – Dec 31, 2020  
Grant amount:   $40,000  
Land Ownership:   Public  
Lat/Long:   17˚57’58.01”N x 66˚37’02”W / 17˚57’41.2”N x 66˚46’01.1”W  
Types of Habitat:   Coral reef  
Project leader:   Kelvin Serrano, Biologist 1
Puerto Rico DNER
Marine Resources Division
P.O. Box 366147
San Juan, PR 00936
www.drna.gobierno.pr
 

Locations of the Vessels/Grounding Site
Locations of the Vessels/Grounding Site

Species Benefiting From Restoration:
   • Hard Corals
   • Soft Corals
   • Invertebrates
   • Fish

Acres of Habitat To be Restored:
Approximately 50 square meters of coral reef habitat

Project Summary:
The sunken vessel, Tracy Lynn, is designated to be removed from Port of the Americas in Ponce Harbor during the second half of 2009. This project will transplant the 300+ corals that have grown on the hull of this vessel prior to her removal. The corals will be transplanted to the Kapitan Egorov grounding site near the entrance of Guayanilla Bay. This project has the dual purpose of saving 300+ corals which represent over 6000 years of coral growth and helping to restore parts of the 10-year-old grounding site in areas where recruitment and recovery have been severely limited.

Project Objectives:

  • Remove corals that have been growing on Tracy Lynn since it sunk in 1988 during Hurricane Gilbert. The vessel is going to be removed from the Port of the Americas in Ponce, Puerto Rico and the 300+ hard and soft corals that have grown on the ship over the last 20 years will be lost forever representing a loss of up to 6,000 years of coral growth.
  • Transport corals 10 nautical miles to the Kapitan Egorov grounding site and reattach them there.
  • Involve local environmental groups like Sociedad de Ambiente Marino and Amigos de Amoná to help with transplantation.

Community Involvement:
Local environmental organizations like Sociedad de Ambiente Marino and Amigos de Amoná shall provide labor (5 – 10 trained divers familiar with these techniques) to support in field restoration by conducting activities such as removal of corals from sunken vessel, assisting in transport of corals to Kapitan Egorov site and reattachment of corals. Expertise from UPR staff and graduate students shall be leveraged for coral. DNER rangers shall provide boat support. University, agency and contracted experts shall provide the technical expertise and managerial oversight to ensure that this project is conducted on schedule in a technically appropriate and cost effective manner.

PROJECT PHOTOS
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Tracy Lynn shipwreck - click to enlarge
The Tracy Lynn shipwreck as it sits in the Port of the Americas in Ponce

Potential transplant site - click to enlarge
Potential transplant site near the Kapitan Egorov

Successfully transplanted site - click to enlarge
Coral reef that was transplanted in the year 2000 near the Kapitan Egorov

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PROJECT PARTNERS

NOAA Restoration Center

Gulf of Mexico Foundation

Puerto Rico DNER
Puerto Rico Department of Natural & Environmental Resources

University of Puerto Rico

Sociedad de Ambiente Marino

Amigos de Amona

Lighthouse Technical Consultants, Inc.

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