Adopt a Coral at The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort
In 2023, The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort teamed up with Reefscapers to start their coral propagation program. The aim of this project is to restore coral reefs by placing coral frames around the resort’s house reef, rejuvenating the reef and allowing guests to see their corals grow over time.
Reefs in the Indian and Pacific Oceans have been severely impacted by increasing coral bleaching events, water pollution and man-made developments. Our coral frame techniques offer the best solution to restore the reef, accompanied by regular care and monitoring, with bi-annual photography and regular updates.
How Do Coral Frames Work?
The coral propagation program concept is simple and works by attaching small fragments of corals onto a metal frame, allowing corals to grow and mature into new colonies in our lagoon. This improves the marine habitat and increases the number of species of fish and marine life in the surrounding areas.
Within 6 months of being attached to the frames, the corals start to grow new branches and fish start returning. Within a year, they can grow up to 15cm in length. Within 3 years, you have a small reef that will eventually grow onto the natural reef substrate.
We regularly maintain the frames and follow a strict monitoring program by taking photographs of all our frames every 6 months. This allows us to follow the coral growth and refine our propagation techniques over time.
The initial stage of our artificial reef project was successfully completed during February 2023. We transplanted a total of 33 coral frames around the island, all sponsored by The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort. This work has added almost 2,000 coral fragments to our shallow lagoons, which will grow and flourish over time, attracting fish and marine life to these areas and increasing marine biodiversity.
To ensure the success of the program, we have appointed a resident Reefscapers marine biologist to lead weekly interactive frame-building activities, conduct marine life educational workshops, and lead guided snorkeling tours.
How to Get Involved
It’s easy to get involved! Simply adopt a frame, and, with your help, we will transplant it with healthy coral fragments and place it in a dedicated growth area. 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 from your home as they mature and flourish.
Reefscapers Coral Frames at The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort
Here you can see the details and photographs of all our Reefscapers coral frames transplanted around The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort.
Our team regularly inspect and maintain all of our frames, and photograph them every 6 months 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 sponsors! It’s great to see so many people supporting our coral propagation programme.