Resort In Maldives Gives Damaged Corals A New Home

by   Profile Mares   When 24th August 2015
Underwater frame serves as the foundation for new reefs. (c) The Residence Maldives
The Residence Maldives (c) The Residence Maldives

Coral reefs are among the oldest ecosystems in the world. Similar to
tropical rainforests, they are the most biologically diverse habitats
on Earth. As a result of the El Niño phenomenon in 1998, these
sensitive ecosystems had been badly affected, particularly those in the

Although the reefs around The Residence Maldives on Falhumaafushi (one
of the islands of Gaafu Alif Atoll) had well survived, there is still
much to do to conserve them.

Thus, the resort has implemented a reforestation project in which
broken coral are collected and allowed to rehabilitate and grow. After
a certain time, they are attached to a frame using cable ties, along
with many other similar coral. The frame is then anchored to the seabed
to serve as artificial reefs. Once this manmade reef starts to secrete
calcium carbonate and a coral reef forms, the cable ties are removed.

This project, called Coral Frame, is run by the local dive centre.
Resort guests can participate by fixing the coral to the frame, at the
resort's jetty. If they are certified divers, they can also help in
collecting the corals or with installing the frame.

So far, two frames have been attached with coral, with five more in the
works. All the frames would be erected around the island's dive centre.

Besides attaching the coral fragments, guests at The Residence Maldives
can also to take part in one of the following: Dolphin Cruise, Snorkel
Excursion or Sunset Dolphin Cruise. This package costs US$150. No
refunds would be given if the package is not fully utilised.


Written by
Profile Mares
When 24th August 2015
Location Falhumaafushi, Gaafu Alifu Atoll, Upper South Province, ދިވެހިރާއްޖެ

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