Publié le August 31, 2020

Reefscapers and the coral reef restoration

 

For several years, Nausicaá has given its support to the Reefscapers association, the objective of which is to re-implant coral cuttings on artificial structures to restore reefs affected by bleaching linked to global warming. In some areas, 90% of the corals are dead.

Reefscapers conduct their activities in the Maldives archipelago. For these islands, the coral reefs provide a natural barrier that protects them from the force of the waves and coastal erosion.

The marine ecosystems are rebuilt by placing coral cuttings on artificial structures. In fact, the marine life is rapidly reclaiming its rights around the coral reef, which is important as a primary economic resource for the islanders, whether for fishing or tourism.

Coral reefs are also a vital economic resource for the islanders, both for fishing and tourism.

Nausicaá contributes to installing structures

Nausicaá’s contribution has enabled 10 structures to be installed. An allusion from Reefscapers: the structures have been installed so that they form the outline of a fish!

You can see an aquarium that hosts an artificial structure on which coral cuttings have been implanted in the Coral jungle area. Nausicaá is one of the largest coral breeders and more than 90% of the corals you can see during your visit come from our nursery.

 

 

 

Did you know?

  • There are approximately 1,400 species of corals in the world.
  • Coral reefs make up only 0.2% of the oceans, but they form 30% of global marine biodiversity.
  • The livelihood of 500 million people depends directly on coral reefs, mainly through fishing and tourism.
  • The services provided by coral ecosystems represent 1.3 billion euros per year.
  • Coral reefs absorb up to 97% of the force of the waves, thus protecting coasts against erosion.
  • Climate change is causing global temperatures to rise and an increased number of coral bleaching episodes due to the expulsion of zooxanthellae algae that lives in symbiosis with the coral.

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