Fixing Coral Reefs with Epoxy Adhesives

It may sound strange to fix coral reefs with adhesives, but it is real. The epoxy clay of Pioneer Adhesive is being used for sticking coral fragments to bare rock, hoping that the living coral will grow and regenerate the threatened coral reef. Before the coral fragments are taken out to sea, they are grown in special coral nurseries, and then attach the coral using tools like nails, zip ties and the epoxy clay.

Pioneer Adhesives Foundation Inc. sponsors this project in cooperation with local government and Pangasinan State University in the Philippines. In a single dive expedition, five teams of divers that consist of five divers per team will plant up to 2,500 coral fragments. At the same time, onshore efforts to support the coral establishment have been underway with volunteers planting mangroves to prevent sedimentation.