At Landaa during February, we transplanted 38 new coral frames, kindly sponsored by guests (18), the Resort (11), and and online orders (9), which added more than 2,000 new coral fragments onto the reef. In addition, we monitored (cleaned, repaired, photographed) 208 coral frames at various sites around Landaa Giraavaru.
We have also repaired frames at the Turtle site and Bissie’s Reef (using 1970 fragments), and lifted 252 coral frames that had become buried in the seasonal shifting sands (at the Turtle and Blue Hole sites).
At Kuda Huraa, we monitored a total of 164 existing frames, retransplanted 40 existing frames, and transplanted 8 new frames around the island, kindly sponsored by guests (4), the Resort (1), and online (3).
Also this month, our team spent time maintaining the House Reef site. Over several dives, we lifted 60 coral frames from the seasonal shifting sands, retransplanting them with new coral fragments as we went. The House Reef is a challenging site to maintain – the depth necessitates SCUBA gear, many of the frames are untagged and arranged randomly, and there are many corallivores due to the healthy biodiversity. This means the whole operation requires a coordinated team effort, usually during low season, with one team member remaining with the boat.
Valentine’s Day! 💙
On 14 February, we organised an event with our Resort colleagues to build a commemorative heart-shaped coral frame.