Coral Frames

In 1998, unusually warm oceanic waters, resulting from an exceptionally strong El Nino event, caused the coral to bleach across a large proportion of the Maldivian Reefs. With much of the coral having died from this event, artificial reef projects have become a valuable tool for restoring reefs and nurturing them back to health. Seamarc developed an artificial reef system called Coral Frames.

These Coral Frames are instrumental in enhancing the biodiversity of existing reef habitats as well as generating new ones. They provide a suitable substrate for coral fragments to grow on and help to avoid sedimentation as well as reducing coral predation.

The frames are produced on a local island in Baa atoll and provide an alternative livelihood to the 250 inhabitants whose only previous source of employment was fishing.

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