Our 1000th coral frame was successfully transplanted in December – a great achievement! This frame was placed in the Green Lagoon and was transplanted as part of our ‘Build A Reef’ programme, with help from a number of guests, all excited to be a part of this important milestone.
During 2012 we transplanted a total of 266 coral frames at Kudaa Huraa, with 182 (68%) of them kindly sponsored by our guests. Most of the frames were placed in our House Reef, and we will continue our experimentation and monitoring of their growth performance based on location, substrate and coral species. We are always searching for techniques that will provide better resistance to bleaching stresses, and have already identified the Acropora coral species as being more resilient in the long term.
Our programme continues to attract great support from our guests, and we hope to transplant even more frames during 2013. So thank you to everyone for your help – past, present and future!
[L]andaa Giraavaru has also reached a milestone in its coral propagation programme, transplanting a further 22 new frames in December to bring the total to date to 1600 frames!
Landaa’s annual total for 2012 is 334 transplanted frames (with over 70% of these being guest-sponsored). Of the many successes this year, the team has particularly identified excellent growth rates in Acropora aspera, close to the Spa & Ayurvedic Retreat. Medium-sized frames in this area were fully grown in less than a year, with frames transplanted in January 2012 already strong enough to support the harvesting of coral fragments, used to propagate new frames.