Fushifaru Maldives’ Coral Planting Programme
Fushifaru Maldives have implemented a coral planting programme, restoring broken pieces of coral by attaching them onto frames to create new homes for the diverse marine life in the Fushifaru lagoon. The team built an immense coral frame in the shape of a manta which is now filled with rocks, coral, and marine life. Staff were involved in sourcing the rocks, finding broken pieces of coral, and then attaching them onto the frame. Through replanting broken corals, Fushifaru Maldives hopes to strengthen the corals in its lagoon.
For more information, visit www.fushifaru.com
One&Only Reethi Rah And The Olive Ridley Project, Open
First Specialist Turtle Rehabilitation Habitat In The North Malé Atoll
One&Only Reethi Rah, in partnership with charity The Olive Ridley Project, has opened the first specialist turtle rehabilitation habitat in the North Malé Atoll to care for injured sea turtles rescued from the ocean. The first turtle patient named Azura, is estimated to be 15-20 years old, weighing 19kg and was found entangled in ghost nets in Baa Atoll. The Olive Ridley Project works to protect the turtle population of the Indian Ocean through research, removal of ghost nets, awareness, and education. Since the beginning of 2015, One&Only Reethi Rah have rescued eight sea turtles found entangled in nets and has funded medical care for the rescued turtles.
For more information, visit www.oneandonlyresorts.com
Six Senses Laamu, Maldives Launches Home-Based Junior Marine Biology Programme
Budding conservationists can opt for a new type of home school programme offered by Six Senses Laamu’s marine biology team. Each week, the team introduce manta rays, coral, turtles and reef fish, and families can explore seagrass and mangroves and learn how they are vital habitats for supporting a diversity of marine life. Broader topics cover science research, sustainability and how to stay involved over the longer term. The course aims to help foster an understanding of marine biology and show first-hand the importance of marine conservation. The resources can be found online, and students are encouraged to share their homework by email.
For more information, visit www.sixsenses.com