MARINE CONSERVATION

PROJECTS

Coral restoration- Reethi garden

Reethi Faru has been mindful of importance of coral conservation since the construction phase of the resort. Our design efforts were focused on creating a luxurious tropical accommodation experience while ensuring we uphold the standards required of an eco resort in Maldives. Artificial reefs have been deployed to salvage the corals that were damaged by coral bleaching and natural storms. These artificial reefs are accumulated in one place to create the “Reethi Garden” or coral garden. The transplantation process includes collection of broken or damaged (but live) pieces of coral and attaching them to coral frames. This gives the corals a chance at survival and enhance the existing reef habitats. Coral reefs are the heart of life in the Maldivian waters and restoration of this ecosystem is of paramount importance now. Our goal is to have multiple ‘reethi gardens’ around the island and to create a sustainable long-term project to help preserve and conserve the coral reefs at Reethi Faru Resort.

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Manta ID project

Maldives is known to be home to one of the elegant and mesmerising creatures underwater, manta rays. The South Asian Monsoon brings in copious amounts of plankton that the manta rays seek out and feed on en masse. By creating a photo identification process, these creatures can be better understood and studied. In collaboration with Manta Trust, Reethi Faru Resort has started a Manta ID Project. Each manta has unique spots on the underside, the ventral side, which is used to identify the individual. These photos are sent to the Manta Trust, who then provide us with information on that particular individual (for example, sex, small scale movement patterns, migratory patterns etc.). This is our effort to contribute to the larger mission of the Manta Trust to drive global conservation of manta rays and their habitat.
Guests who go out on manta snorkel and/ or dive trips with our dive team, Sea Explorer, are encouraged to capture and share their images with our marine biologist.

TURTLE ID PROJECT Turtle ID Project

Of the seven species of turtles, 5 can be found in the Maldivian waters. Two of the most common ones seen are Hawksbill turtles (Eretmochelys imbricate) and Green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas). Since hawksbill turtles live on coral reefs, they are frequently seen around the island. Turtles are also known to be quite loyal to the reefs, which is why we have started the Turtle Identification (ID) project, in collaboration with Olive Ridley Project. Turtles are identified by the scutes on their faces; which is unique to each individual, like the human fingerprints. Identifying individual turtles is imperative for ecological and conservation studies. On encountering a turtle, pictures of the face (left and right side) are taken, as well as of the turtle as a whole. These photos submitted to the Olive Ridley Project team, who then give the unidentified turtles their unique ID number.

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