What a wonderful possibility. Restoring and building coral reefs, the nursery of marine life. This is a practice and skill set to keep an eye on, life on this planet is dependent upon the health of the coral reef regions of our oceans and they are under duress from many natural and man made negative impacts. Acidification, warming sea water and human development encroachments are just some of the challenges facing our common corral reefs…….
Soneva Kiri Coral Restoration project is showing great progress 26 months in. Click to watch video below:
The project continues to show excellent progress.
- Solid growth with good survival rate
- 69 species of fish (25 more than expected)
- 20 Pelagic species such as Brown Striped Snapper, Thumbprint Emperor, Tiera Batfish, Orbicular Batfish and 3 kinds of Rabbit Fish, which have settled in the direct coral area.
- 49 Benthic species
The Soneva Kiri Coral Restoration project is 40 metres long and 12 metres wide. 34 structures (18 igloos and 16 quarter moons) have been constructed. Metal frames are used with an electrical current from solar panels running through to encourage better growth.
1,850 corals of 27 species were transplanted and 30 tons of live rock incorporated. The 27 species of coral grafted on the reef consists of:
- 4 species branching corals
- 2 species of “platter” corals
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