Published on : Wednesday, June 9, 2021
With the celebration of World Oceans Day, Baros Maldives has announced a new way for guests to get involved and give back while on vacation – by helping coral reefs recover and thrive. The marine biology team at Baros has introduced an innovative approach of initiating coral restoration with Coral Cubes.
The custom-made cement cubes allow coral pieces that have broken off from the coral, but are still alive, reattach. These Coral Cubes are then placed in the area of the reef that was damaged or in distress. As they are small and mobile, yet heavy and sturdy, they do not get washed away by the current.
A world-class coral reef surrounds Baros, and the resort strives to care for the corals as they are fragile, living creatures that suffer under climate change with the oceans’ water temperature increasing. The resident marine biologist and marine consultants are dedicated to protecting and maintaining the Baros house reef by restoring the areas that need support.
Corals are essential as a nursery and home for fish, turtles, reef sharks and many more marine animals, and the coral reef also protects the islands from strong currents and waves and prevents erosion.
The Coral Cube technique is environmentally friendly and does not use plastic such as cable ties or plastic tags. The wooden molds can be re-used, and the corals are stuck in the cement directly which is therefore not harmful to the environment and no waste is left behind.
For guests, this project is a wonderful opportunity to take part in a meaningful activity, learn about the fragile corals and their habitat, and create a small eco footprint. This experience is free of charge, fun and educational for guests of all ages (swimming ability required). The Coral Cubes that guest’s plant and place in the reef in different locations and depth are monitored carefully by the marine biologists to learn more and determine the most promising planting strategy. For guests who would like their support to be imprinted, for a small fee, the Coral Cubes can be customized with the initials of the guests upon request and pre-order.