The first step consists in choosing a specific location for the future project, that we will name « Coral Park ».
In this matter, we identify some geographic areas where environmental conditions allow Corals to easily survive and where the Coral Park will be the most beneficial for the environment and local populations.
The second step is the Participative Approach.
In order for the “Saving Plan” to be the most efficient, it is important to inform, integrate and involve the neighborhood populations in the project of Creating the Coral Park.
Once all actors and “local elected “recognize the value and the use of our action, we can start the building phase and the operations.
In order to let local populations participate while offering them jobs, each part of the future reef is made on site.
A Coral Park is realized from 2 types of structures: Steel and Rock.
The Steel Structure is somewhat similar to the bones of the future Coral Reef. This structure will be used to attach the newly grown Corals.
The rock structures are necessary for a diversified population of fish to settle and also for other marine organisms. These rocks are only made from mineral material picked up from the sea, which will bring a complete natural characteristic just a few days after its immersion.
Once all the basic equipment has been created, we proceed to the immersion of the steel structures.
Once all of those steel structures are installed on the seabed we fill them up of pre-made rocks.
The rocks are set inside, around and between structures in order to create as many places to hide for fish as possible. In addition, thanks to their composition, these artificial rocks are an ideal support for the natural fixation of coral larva and an optimal place for future colonies to grow up.
Once the whole system has been installed, we need to collect the coral cuttings. Only broken or damaged corals found on the seabed are used for the operation. Those corals would have died eventually so our impact on the environment is a positive impact. In summary, by bringing to the damaged and broken corals a new fixation support to grow up, Save Coral Reefs offers them a second life.
Whilst the dead parts of the corals are taken out, we can do a grief on to the steel structures. Transplantation techniques can vary depending on the type of coral species we use. In order for our coral parks to be able to resist global warming and its deadly effects on many types of corals, we select and utilize the most tolerant coral species to the water temperature increase.
Once all corrals have been attached to the steel structure, we take a representative sample of the coral parts and the inventory of the species and fish present on the corral park. This step is crucial for long term analysis, and for a scientific follow up of the biomass and the biodiversity of this new corral ecosystem.
This whole realization process described above has been applied to build our first project on Koh Tao Island in the Gulf of Thailand. In order to see how this project looks like once finalized, please go ahead and continue the visit of our website.