At Kuda Huraa during May, we monitored and mapped a total of 363 existing frames, and transplanted five new frames around the island.
At Landaa this month, we transplanted 27 new coral frames, kindly sponsored by guests (nine) and the Resort (18), which in total added ~1200 coral fragments onto the reef. In addition, we monitored (cleaned, repaired, photographed) a total of 487 coral frames around the island. We have also been lifting 65 buried frames out of the seabed sand along the Coral Trail, and recycling ~600 fragments.
One of our longer-term goals for 2023 is to restore the ~300 degraded coral frames at our Parrot Reef site, where some frames had been flipped by unusually strong waves. Our aim is to relocate all the frames to a more sheltered side of the reef, re-tag and re-map the frames in QGIS, recycle fragments on all frames, and monitor the site once more. This month, we started to relocate frames into neat lines at the new site, and over four days we successfully moved a total of 135 frames. Special thanks to our Dive Team colleagues and our apprentices (Eegan and Mode) for all their hard efforts.