Asiatic 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.
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.
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.
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
Before and After Reef Restoration:
Conde Nast (Oct 09) magazine article: Want to hear about the time I swam with a shark?
>>Read Full Article Here
Please read the following Trip Advisor reviews from the Shangri-La's Villingili Resort & Spa Maldives:
Article in: Explore Sai Kung Magazine: Volume 5 Issue 9 November 2009
>> See Story