Here at Best Dives Maldives we take an active role in protecting the fragile underwater environment.
BEST DIVES MALDIVES is leading a coral restoration project together with the resorts where we operate, O-Zone and the Coral Doctors, scientifically supported by the German Oceanographic Museum of Stralsund. The aim is to develop a project whereby the corals can be induced to grow artificially. Artificial reefs are a form of active restoration aimed at increasing coral health, diversity and abundance. Once populated, these structures will provide an opportunity for guests to witness the growth of a new coral garden.
Coral may be broken due to many different threats such as: large storms and waves or irresponsible divers and snorkelers. Corals are organisms that reproduce primarily asexually to grow larger or repair damaged areas. Thanks to this feature, it’s possible to grow new coral colonies from fragments (smaller or broken pieces of coral).
These broken corals, when rolling around the sand, have almost no chance of survival, and usually die. But, by securing these fragments in good growing conditions they can be rehabilitated and become a mature colony. The coral fragments will be attached on the structures by using cable-tie or underwater glue.
Active restoration is not a MAGIC BULLET: we have to consider restoration as an ongoing process over a time-scale of 10 to 30 years or even more. Each restoration site and project has its own unique set of circumstances to consider. All risks can never be fully avoided or mitigated. Studies show that ability for reef already under stress to recover undoubtedly takes long time. Our long-term goal is to provide a sustainable regrowth project that can be monitored and maintained for years to come.
For more information about our Coral Project activities visit the resort pages in the top menu or visit: Coral Doctors Facebook page
BEST DIVES MALDIVES is an official member of Green Fins.
Green Fins, internationally coordinated by Reef-World, are the only recognized environmental set of standards with a comprehensive management approach to providing guidance and support to business owners and national authorities in order to promote best practices.
Diving and snorkelling centres are uniquely positioned to act within their own communities and among customers to encourage positive and lasting change. Assessments are carried out and those showing annual improvement in following the Code of Conduct are awarded certificates, allowing tourists to choose environmentally responsible options.
For more information visit: Green Fins