Great progress on coral regrowth project at Constance Halaveli

Since the first frame of corals was placed in the lagoon at Constance Halaveli back in November 2011, we have seen dramatic growth in each piece of coral.

Coral regrowth at Constance Halaveli Resort

Coral is now growing on the sea bed

As of this month, April, they are now strong enough to be taken off their surrogate support system – the handmade frame – and have been planted in the sea bed at Halaveli. This is very exciting for us because this is our first opportunity to see if the Reefscape project will be successful.

In the 10 days since they have been planted, there are several indicators that the corals are able to not only survive but also thrive under more natural conditions. The corals are strong and healthy which are two very good signs that our project will be a success.

Having planted the coral around the Dive Center, we can see that marine life is also thriving. We now have a lot more fish coming to welcome our guests at the arrival jetty. Beautiful.

Enjoy these photos and find more on our Facebook page.

Purple tips of coral regrowth at Constance Halaveli

Purple tips show coral regrowth

 

Fish at Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives

Marine life is thriving

Great progress with reefscaping at Constance Halaveli Resort

Coral regrowth at Constance Halaveli

Purple tips of the new coral regrowth

Back in November 2011, our team of experts at Constance Halaveli Resort launched a reefscaping programme that aims to stimulate the growth of coral in the lagoon around the Maldives’ resort, and help repair the damage caused by the 2004 Tsunami in 2004.

Since we launched the metal cage structure into the lagoon, there has been significant growth. The purple tips of the coral are a sign that the coral is growing a very rapid rate. Great news!

The next step in the project is a delicate and very important one. Once the coral has reached a healthy size it will be removed from the metal frame and planted in the sea bed within a marked area. 

Coral growing at Constance Halaveli Resort

Great progress as the coral starts to grow

The coral will then be monitored regularly to see how it adapts to being placed back in the natural environment.

We’ll keep you posted on progress.

We’d love to hear what you think about the project – you can leave a comment on the blog below, or post to our Constance Facebook page or Twitter.

Reefscaping around Constance Halaveli

An innovative eco-project has just launched at Constance Halaveli, Maldives.

Reefscaping at Constance Halaveli

Reefscaping at Constance Halaveli

Our Reefscaping programme aims to stimulate the growth of coral in the lagoon around the resort, to help repair the damage caused by the Tsunami in 2004.

At the beginning of December, we launched a metal cage structure into the lagoon. Our team has removed healthy live coral from the reef, and transferred it to the cage which is held securely to the lagoon floor. The aim is to grow healthy coral that can then be replanted.

What happens next

Over the coming months our team will track progress of the coral’s growth. If successful, we will be able to increase the marine life in the lagoon.

Reefscaping team carry metal cage to lagoon

Reefscaping team carry metal cage to lagoon

We’ll be posting more photos of the coral as it grows, both on our Constance Facebook page and on this blog.

The 2004 Tsunami impacted greatly on the natural environment around the South East Asian region. The significant damage to local tourism in this region is widely known, and there was also a large amount of damage done the coral reefs.

By taking these steps, we hope to improve the condition of the reef for future generations.