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Reefscapers coral reef propagation at Fulhadhoo Maldives

Reefscapers – Reef Regeneration Experts

In 2021, Only Earth teamed up with Reefscapers to start propagating corals and restoring coral reefs on the locally inhabited island of Fulhadhoo in the Maldives.

The Reefscapers international team of marine biologists have been working on marine environmental projects for 20 years. From humble beginnings back in 2001, the husband and wife co-founders Thomas and Marie have expanded to work on projects up and down the Maldives and internationally. Joined along the way by specialists in engineering, data science, aquaculture and animal husbandry, Reefscapers creates bespoke solutions in everything from reef restoration and coastal erosion, to the development and operation of complete marine education centres (such as Marine Savers).

Our team quickly develop their marine conservation skills in a busy and pioneering workplace, and many Reefscapers staff over the years have since moved on to new ventures within the Maldives and overseas, spreading their reef regenerating skills and establishing successful marine conservation projects of their own.

Reefscapers coral reef propagation Fulhadhoo Maldives

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Reefscapers Fulhadhoo coral frame

The Project

In 2021, Only Earth teamed up with Reefscapers to start propagating corals and restoring coral reefs on the locally inhabited island of Fulhadhoo in the Maldives.

We are planning the construction and transplantation of a new artificial reef structure comprising of 30 coral frames, due to start in July 2021. This is timed to follow the seasonally hottest part of the year (February to May), as we know from experience that newly transplanted coral fragments are particularly vulnerable to elevated ocean temperatures and more susceptible to coral bleaching. By starting our new, wide-spread coral propagation project in July, we are giving our coral fragments the best chance to encrust onto their frames and to start growing, well before the seasonally elevated ocean temperatures in 2022.

On the local island of Fulhadhoo, we plan to expand our coral propagation work beyond the initial trials of test frames sited at various locations around the island. This will expand the training and educational opportunities for our local team (who actually construct the frames), and will minimise the carbon footprint of the whole project by eliminating the need for any fossil-fuel powered transportation of the completed frames. We are manufacturing the frames on site, transplanting with locally harvested coral fragments, and will manually transport the frames to their final locations in the lagoon around Fulhadhoo.

Thanks to Only Earth, we are now able to expand our resort-based tourist-oriented projects out to the island communities, to increase local awareness of the susceptibility of coral reefs to elevated ocean temperatures brought about by long-term climate change. By experimentation with environmental parameters, we hope to mitigate the risks to our corals, and optimise health and growth rates to produce a flourishing artificial reef. Our local team will refine their coral propagation and monitoring techniques, and learn valuable practical skills normally only available for marine science graduates.

After placement in the lagoon, our new coral frames quickly become home to a variety of marine species, and the structures form an important role as ‘fish nursery’ for fry and juveniles after just a few months. As the initial phase of coral frames starts to grow and mature after 18-24 months, we will then be able to harvest new coral fragments directly from our frames, for re-transplantation onto our new frames in the future. This is very similar to the techniques used in land-based gardening, as we essentially take ‘cuttings’ from healthy corals and re-transplant them to form new coral colonies. This way, we propagate the healthy coral varieties and species that are proven to be more resilient to local environmental factors and are better suited to grow and flourish in the specific micro-habitats.

Over recent years, several small guest houses have opened up on the island of Fulhadhoo, and as our One Earth project matures, our education program will expand to embrace local island-based tourism. This increased environmental awareness in the importance and fragility of coral reef ecosystems will create engagement and open up sponsorship channels to grow our artificial reefs yet further.

How to Get Involved

You can sponsor a frame, and we will transplant it with healthy coral fragments on your behalf. You will receive a unique reference number, and photos will be uploaded every 6 months to this web page, allowing you to monitor the growth of your corals as they mature and flourish.

Prices:

  • US$170 Small frame
  • US$250 Heart-shaped frame
  • US$300 Medium frame
  • US$500 Large frame

Contact

To learn more about our projects, please contact:

 hello@myonlyearth.com

Reefscapers Fulhadhoo coral frame
Reefscapers Fulhadhoo coral frame

Reefscapers Coral Frames & Only Earth

Here you can see the details and photographs of our Reefscapers coral frames, kindly sponsored by Only Earth.

Our team inspect and maintain all of our frames, and photograph them bi-annually to monitor the growth of the coral fragments as they grow and mature.

How to view your frame photographs: Enter your name or email address or coral frame tag number into the search box and press ‘Submit’. For example, type a 3-digit tag number such as 010 and press submit.

Thank you to all our coral frame adopters! It’s great to see so many people supporting our coral propagation program.

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