The beginning of Scientific Coral Company
Growing up in Kansas, I couldnt have been farther away from the oceans geographically. About once a year we would all pile into the family station wagon and drive straight to Key West. Seven people, including 5 kids under 14, with the windows rolled up to "keep the air conditioning in" and my dad chain smoking. So
you can imagine that the anticipation just about killed me. And by the time we arrived, well the oceans just seemed like a magical place, unlike anything I had ever seen on the flat dusty plains of Western Kansas.
I suppose thats why I started keeping saltwater aquariums in the 1980s and then corals when they first became available alive around 1989.
I started Scientific Coral in 1990 with the idea that I was going to reduce or alleviate the need to capture wild corals. As a hobbyist, I discovered the the process of collecting and transporting the live corals resulted in an extremely high mortality rate of the ship corals, plus damage to the reef via cyanide used by divers to stun the fish. And even when the fish or corals would arrive alive at the pet stores, they were so weak that often they would die quickly in your tank AFTER you had paid for them.
I felt there had to be a better way. So I setup the company to explore the possibility of propagating corals in captivity. At that time very little was known about coral reproduction and most of it was not available to the public, since the internet wasnt a thing yet.
Over the next few years, it became apparent that it was indeed quite feasible to reproduce very large numbers of corals . Stony corals were quite easy to reproduce via fragmentation, but high volume soft coral reproduction actually remained elusive until 2007.
Scientific Coral was able to successfully propagate nearly 200 different species of soft (alcyonarians, coralamorpharians) and stony corals (hexacorallians). We expanded greatly and employed a talented group of people.
As I am putting together this website for rebuilding coral reefs using funding from CO2 offsets, it strikes me that this an unforseen cumulation of all of my education and lifes work.
Noel Curry January 2020