Coral reefs are incredible ecosystems that provide shelter, food and act as a nursery for thousands of beautiful and important sea creatures.
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How it Works
Adopt a Soneva Foundation Coral Table
$1,000 to the Soneva Foundation
A coral table is 1.2m x 1.2m and nurses on average 120 corals. Mineral Accretion Technology helps the corals to grow faster and become more resilient to bleaching events. Our team will take care of the corals on your table until they are ready to be planted out on the reef, which will be after approximately one year. We will also personalise your table by giving it a tag with your name of choice.
In 2022, the Soneva Foundation together with Coralive launched one of the biggest coral restoration programmes in the world, located onsite at Soneva Fushi in the Maldives’ Baa Atoll. With a one hectare coral farm consisting of 432 tables with 120 coral fragments each, the Soneva Foundation aims to propagate 50,000 coral fragments each year. Cultivating ‘corals of opportunity’ – corals that have been broken or damaged by storms, or rescued from sites where they are about to be destroyed – the Soneva Foundation aim is to regenerate the reef back to the state in which it existed 25 years ago, covering out-planted corals across 20 hectares over the next decade.
Coral reefs are one of the most important ecosystems on our planet. They are home to 25% of all marine species and are a source of food for hundreds of millions of people worldwide. They also protect coastal communities from erosion and high waves.
Corals are animals too! And very interesting ones. They work together with algae to produce their own mineral as a rocky skeleton. You will almost always see a coral colony too; many individual polyps that all combine togther.
What is the worry?
Besides local disturbances and pollution, coral reefs suffer greatly from increasing ocean temperatures and acidification. In the Maldives, a country that has little influence on large greenhouse gas emitting countries, the effects of a degrading coral reef will be felt greatly.
A special technique
Mineral Accretion Technology (MAT) channels low voltage electricity through the coral tables. As electrons flow, calcium carbonate deposits accumulate on the structures, helping the corals grow up to four times faster than other propagation methods and significantly increasing survival rates.