Constance Lémuria coral reef restoration project declared a huge success

We are thrilled to report that our coral reef replanting project off the beach at Constance Lémuria has been declared a huge success by Nature Seychelles.

Restoring the coral reef at Constance Lémuria

Restoring the coral reef at Constance Lémuria

The replanting project run by Nature Seychelles and funded by USAID-UNDP, GEF and Constance Lémuria, was completed only three months ago but already the reef has been declared 100% healthy.

The success is hugely exciting as this was a pilot scheme involving the first large-scale active reef restoration using ‘coral gardening’ in the region.

The project involved growing healthy coral in a coral farm off Cousin Island and transplanting it to the reef at Petite Anse Kerlan which was damaged by the effects of El Niño.

A recent inspection of the reef by Nature Seychelles, headed up by Sarah Frias-Torres, found that the transplanted coral is thriving in its new environment.

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Rebuilding the coral reef in Seychelles

This month has seen the beginning of an exciting coral garden restoration program in the waters of Petite Anse Kerlan at Constance Lémuria.

Rebuilding the coral reef at Constance Lémuria

Rebuilding the coral reef at Constance Lémuria

The project, which we are running in partnership with Nature Seychelles, is the first ever large-scale active reef restoration using ‘coral gardening’ in the region.

This important pilot scheme involves collecting small pieces of healthy coral and raising them in underwater nurseries until they are large enough to replant in an areas effected by coral bleaching.

The coral being used at Petite Anse Kerlan has been grown for several years in a ‘coral farm’ in the waters beyond Cousin Island.

Divers from France and Australia are planting the healthy coral just a few metres away from the shore and we hope that in a few weeks it will be growing into a healthy, beautiful coral garden for our guests to enjoy.

This exciting, rewarding project has been made possible thanks to funding from the Government of Seychelles, United Nations Development Program and Global Environmental Fund through their Small Grants for Environmental NGO-Tourism Operator Partnership Program, to which we are very grateful.

Watch this video of divers tending coral nurseries within the Cousin Island Special Reserve.

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