Coral reefs are some of the most biodiverse and yet most threatened ecosystems in the world… The best way to protect coral reefs globally is to remove the current threats; support conservation, take care when snorkeling & diving, and most importantly, reduce your carbon footprint in your daily life.
For some reefs that have already been damaged, we can assist coral reef recovery on a small scale. At Gili Lankanfushi resort in the Maldives, we are rehabilitating the coral reef by nursing coral on ropes (lines) (Levy et al., 2010) and later transplanting them onto degraded reef areas(Lindahl, 2003). Every rope is initially planted with 50 small, living coral fragments. We nurse the corals in the lagoon for 1 year and later transplant the ropes to the One Palm Island reef. Overtime we expect the corals get stronger, grow bigger and improve the health of the One Palm Island Reef.
Our project is a research study on the subject of coral reef
Currently we are only able to take donations from guests who are staying at Gili Lankanfushi. However we are actively working on an online donation system so that in the near future anyone will be able to donate a coral line from any part of the world!
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The Coral Lines Project – the start
In March 2014, marine biologist Vaidotas Kirsys started the Coral Lines project at Gili Lankanfushi, and we became the first resort in Maldives to work on low-tech and high-efficiency coral reef recovery techniques that involve rope. Later in May, Deborah Burn joined our team, and with her precious knowledge, help and ideas we have developed the project to make it even better! Almost 2 years on, Josie Chandler joined the team at Gili Lankanfushi, and along with Deborah, they work hard to continue Vaidotas' legacy!
What is Coral Lines again?
Coral Lines offers 4 things: Guest education during an unforgettable close-up encounter with coral; a contribution to coral reef rehabilitation science; a way to fund our social & environmental projects, and last but not least, the project helps one small coral reef to recover. The Coral Lines project is also about sharing our findings with everyone –
hopefully, giving a better understanding of how to grow coral to those working in this field.
We want to share the information now! There is little time to spare.
One of the problems that science faces these days, is that researchers often do not share their findings until their project is finished (a paper is published). When it comes to coral reef restoration, to answer many questions, a research project would normally take several years (corals grow slowly).The question is; do we actually have that time to spare? We think, with the threats facing coral reefs becoming more imminent, the answer is ‘no’, and so we have decided to make our work open access and share our Coral Lines research project findings on a regular basis!
Unique concept in Maldives.
Coral Lines is a one-of-a-kind project in Maldives. As far as we know Coral Lines is the first reef rehabilitation project in Maldives which is not focused on profit, rather on science, and one of the very few coral restoration projects that shares the findings online, on an as-we-go basis. This enables us to build awareness within the general public as we work to illustrate our results using relatively simple graphs, but also provides a platform which makes us approachable to other scientists researching in the field. We hope that by sharing our research, both the positive and the negative, it might prevent the same mistakes happening in future projects, further improving the field of reef restoration.