Coral Lines Project – making coral reef restoration more accessible
In early 2014 at Gili Lankanfushi Resort, marine biologist Vaidotas Kirsys (Vaidas) initiated Coral Lines project. The first of its kind in the Maldives, this coral reef restoration project relies on low-tech, high efficiency coral reef recovery techniques that involve rope grown corals. The project follows a 2-step gardening concept, based on forestry principles, where coral fragments are first grown in a mid-water rope nursery, and later transplanted to a target reef. The project integrates reef restoration science into the guest experience, and maintains the focus on research rather than profit. Deborah Burn (Debs) joined Gili Lankanfushi team in May 2014, as a volunteer marine biologist, and with her precious knowledge, help and ideas Coral Lines developed further into a project that provides open-access idea. Today one year in, the project has more than 2200 coral colonies grown, and average survival rates at 85%. Debs and Vaidas would like to share their story of successes and failures with everyone, and perhaps set a trend in Maldives for coral projects with new ideas, better science integration and most importantly open-access sharing of information.
Part 1. Corals reefs and threats
Part 2. Coral restoration worldwide and in the Maldives
Part 3. Coral lines Project: Methods and results
Part 4. Questions & Answers
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