Coral Reef Rehabilitation Programme
Corals are tiny animals that live in colonies and reproduce sexually during a few nights a year by releasing their eggs into the water, whereas during the remainder of the year, they simply bud off and create clones of themselves. Since the latter is a straight forward way of producing more animals, aquarists have been making use of it for years in order to save natural stocks from depletion.
In 1998, we witnessed the devastating effects of an unusual increase in sea surface temperature, with 90% of corals in the Maldives alone being affected. Global warming has become a serious threat to the world’s coral reefs and our Marine Centre Team at Baros Maldives is keen to understand the processes that lie behind it, as well as the possibilities of preventing further damage and to restore already stressed reefs.
We apply the method of “coral propagation”, whereby fragments of corals are broken off and transplanted to hard substrate to create small but essential coral nursery areas around Baros. By selectively breeding heat-tolerant species over more susceptible ones, we aim to produce future brood stocks that are armed to fight against the rising sea water temperatures, thus becoming more resilient to climate change.
Our guests can help us in creating some small coral nursery areas that aim not only to reproduce corals, but to also establish homes for various fishes and invertebrates.
In the “Coral Gardening workshop for Sponsors”, our resident Marine Biologist teaches the method of coral propagation. Broken, but still living coral fragments are collected from the seabed and attached to our island-made coral tables. A personalised name tag will be attached to record the sponsor’s contribution to this sustainable activity.
Participants will receive updates on their corals at least twice a year.
It is also possible to contribute to this environmental programme without participating in the workshop but donating into our Coral Reef Rehabilitation Fund. This enables guests to sponsor one or more coral tables that will be filled by our Marine Centre Team and added to the growing coral reef around Baros.