Monthly Update Summary
At Kuda Huraa during December, we transplanted 11 new coral frames, and monitored a further 114 mature frames at various sites around the island. In addition, we tagged and remapped the Turtle site, retagged 66 frames, and recoated nine recycled frames.
At Landaa this month, we transplanted 31 coral frames, kindly sponsored by guests (15), online (three), and the Resort (13), adding a total of 1900 coral fragments to the reef. We monitored (cleaned, repaired, photographed) a total of 431 established coral frames at various sites around the island. In addition, we recycled 100 fragments at Mudakaashi Reef, and lifted 30 frames from shifting sands (at Parrot Reef and Anchor Point).
Over New Year, we received a very generous guest sponsorship of 50 large frames to be planted around Voavah. To express their gratitude, Four Seasons kindly sponsored an additional 10 frames, so we plan to build a total of 60 large frames dedicated to the family. These frames will be planted at various depths around Voavah reef, arranged in custom formations as requested by the guest. Once we receive the next shipment of frames from our workshop in Fulhadhoo, we will start this exciting project by harvesting a variety of local corals from Voavah and surrounding reefs.
Coral Awareness & Education – MMRI Meeting
During December, members of our Four Seasons Marine Savers team joined our Reefscapers colleagues from Sheraton Resorts, coming together in Malé for a meeting with the Maldives Marine Research Institute (MMRI). Following a presentation of Reefscapers’ published spawning data, collection methodology and key findings from two years of research, we discussed potential research collaborations. At present, resource limitations and discrepancies in data collection are inhibiting the viability of shared datasets for future publication, but we are excited to share knowledge moving forward and gather data from more sites around the Maldives. Furthermore, MMRI study a wider diversity of genera, which will be helpful in improving our knowledge of spawning.
Christmas Frame – On Xmas Day, we joined up with the Dive Team and guests to plant our bespoke crescent moon and Xmas tree frames during celebratory dives.