Coral reefs are vibrant ecosystems that provide shelter and sustenance for sea creatures. The Maldives is renowned for its rich coral diversity, providing a vital, fertile ground for marine life across the Indian Ocean.
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In 2022, the Soneva Foundation together with Coralive launched one of the biggest coral restoration programmes in the world, located onsite at Soneva Fushi. With a one hectare coral farm consisting of 432 tables with 120 coral fragments each, we aim 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 – we aim to regenerate our 20-hectare reef back to the state in which it existed 25 years ago, covering it with out-planted corals over the next decade.View The Coral Nursery Map
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.
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.
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.
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