Marine Consultancy

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diggerAsiatic Marine provides full project management to minimise and mitigate fragile environmental impacts as well as rehabilitating damaged habitats through a number of initiatives including coral translocation, transplanting and creation of underwater gardens and nature trails.

Coral translocation

As part of mitigation measures during the construction phase, where possible and practical, corals colonies are “translocated” to holding areas outside identified impact zones. At a later stage the colonies are returned, with a goal of accelerating natural reef recovery and rebuilding biodiversity.

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Coral transplanting

Special underwater restoration techniques are used to affix corals to former limestone bases as part of “seascaping” to create multi-dimensional and substrate complexity shelters for reef fish diversity, with the specific goal of restoring the ecological function of the reef ecosystem as a whole.

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Fish & Coral Rehabilitation Zones (FCRZ).

These areas are generally established to:

  • Provide safe areas for children and guests to snorkel in shallow water
  • Provide a nursery for many different types of coral and reef fish
  • Provide a suitable area to transplant corals
  • Enhance the underwater biodiversity, by providing ecological niches and different habitat types

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Before and After Reef Restoration:

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Please read the following Trip Advisor reviews from the Shangri-La's Villingili Resort & Spa Maldives:

“We could not help but compare it to last year & I think the 2 big improvements are the food & the house reef.”
5 of 5 stars Oct 22, 2010
“The house reef is good and quite large – one guest commented that it was the best he has seen in the Maldives and he has previously stayed at O&O, FS and Conrad.”
5 of 5 stars Aug 8, 2010
“We stayed at water villa in Whispering Palm, where the house reef is.”
5 of 5 stars Apr 20, 2010
“If you love snorkeling, ask for a water villa right on the House Reef.”
5 of 5 stars Mar 2, 2010
“The house reef is accessible from the beach by the Whispering Palms area.”
5 of 5 stars Nov 21, 2009
“We stayed in the Whispering Palms section which we recommend - although furthest from the main facilities, it is near the house reef and away from Gan airport.”
5 of 5 stars Nov 10, 2009
“We loved our Water Villa located very close to the house reef. we could go every morning snorkeling from the villa and enjoy a fantastic sunset.”
4 of 5 stars Nov 4, 2009
“I was very interested in snorkelling , there is a house reef available within easy reach(no boat trip needed) there is even shallow access which is ideal for beginners.”
5 of 5 stars Oct 2, 2009
“The snorkeling was outstanding with the “House Reef” being as I said in between Whispering Palms and land.”
5 of 5 stars Jul 20, 2009

Article in: Explore Sai Kung Magazine: Volume 5 Issue 9 November 2009

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