19 January, 2016

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Coral Line by: David Fairman & Nicole Nicol

Coral Type: Branching

Coral species: Acropora sp.

Message: Nic &  Dave Maldives 2016

Notes: Unfortunately due to this year's El nino event many of our coral lines have been affected by coral bleaching and a lot of coral fragments have died as a result. For this line, the effects of the warm water were quite severe and resulted in 80% of  fragments on the line dying. Whilst this is not good news, this data is still really important for our research. The remaining fragments have survived well and are growing at a good rate since the temperature has dropped. These are important corals to help re-seed our damaged One Palm Island reef! They will be transplanted in the next 6 months. 














109

Coral Line by: David Fairman & Nicole Nicol

Coral Type: Branching

Coral species: Acropora sp.

Message: Nic &  Dave Maldives 2016

The sudden decrease in survival at 6 months was due to the 2016 El Nino event which hit us in April/May. El Nino increased the temperature which is detrimental to the corals. To learn more about the El Nino event and it's effects visit our coral bleaching page at http://lines.lankanfushi.com/p/coral-lines.html or email the project manager at deborah.burn@gili-lankanfushi.com. At 9 months we can see that the remaining fragments are living and growing really well. These are really important corals to help us re-seed our damaged One Palm Island reef! Unfortunately the photo angle doesn't show the living corals so well, but they're still there. Will get a photo of some of the best ones in the coming weeks and post it :)













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