Rinkevich (2006) described coral reefs as rain forest in terms of their huge biodiversity. Similarly to rainforests, coral reefs in the ocean inhabit a wide variety of marine organisms.
They not only provide habitat for aquatic animals but also are natural protection barriers for coastal cities and have potential treatments for most prevalent diseases and illnesses. Due to destructive fishing activities, water pollution and careless tourism, over the years our coral reefs have been in trouble. You will note that 11% of the world’s coral reefs have been lost and another 16% severely damaged. Scientists predict that another 32% may be lost in the next thirty years if human threats are not reduced. This is why it is important to take care of our coral reefs.
We, at ELI Africa, have already constructed and placed 6 nurseries for coral rehabilitation purposes. Corals are growing safely; treated as small “kids” till they are “fit and fat” to be grown in degraded zones. So far the corals have grown to ideal sizes. Transplantations are about to start as from next month.
We are also working on a coral garden so stay posted for more news!
- Be Water Wise
- Trim Down Trash
- Be Fish Friendly
- Recreate Responsibly
Nadeem Nazurally and Riddhi Rampeearee