Baros Maldives has been running green initiatives for 40 years: their Coral Rehabilitation Programme deserves serious props at a time when global warming is a huge threat to the world’s reefs #BoutecoHero
Corals are tiny animals that live in colonies and reproduce a few nights a year by releasing their eggs into the water. The rest of the year, they bud off and create clones of themselves. The latter is a straightforward way of producing more animals, so aquarists have been making use of this for years to save natural stocks from depletion. In 1998, we saw the devastating effects of an increase in sea surface temperatur: 90% of corals in the Maldives were affected. Global warming has become a serious threat to the world’s reefs and our Marine Centre Team at Baros Maldives is keen to understand how and prevent further damage. Our “coral propagation” sees fragments of corals broken off and transplanted to create small coral nursery areas around the hotel. By selectively breeding heat-tolerant species over more susceptible ones, we aim to produce future stocks that are armed to fight against rising sea-water temperatures, more resilient to climate change. In our Coral gardening workshops, with our resident Marine Biologist guests help us create small coral nursery areas that reproduce corals, and to establish homes for fish and invertebrates. Their name tag is attached to record their contribution to this sustainable activity, and participants get updates on their corals twice a year.