Bandos Maldives launches coral gardening project
Maldives.net.mv – On the occasion of World Tourism Day 2016, Bandos Maldives has launched a coral gardening project for visitors. The Bandos house reef is one of the best in North Malé Atoll and point of pride for the resort. This initiative is in line with the company’s Environmental Stewardship core value.
“We have studied the Bandos house reef growth and studies indicate that the coral gardening helps protect the reef and encourages growth sustainability,” states Hussain Shifau, Assistant Base Leader at Dive Bandos.
The Bandos Maldives coral gardening program allows guests to give back while on holiday by collecting broken, but still living coral fragments from the seabed and attaching them to island-made coral tables. The “coral propagation” method is applied, where fragments of corals are transplanted to frames to create small but essential coral nursery areas.
“We are deeply committed to sustainable methods that help our environment” says Resident Manager, Ismail Rasheed. “All fines for damages to coral will be donated to the coral gardening program”.
Bandos Maldives also has signed the Biosphere Reserve Pledge and has allocated an area of around 800sq. m of the house reef as a core biosphere reserve. This reserve will be instrumental in conservation and the promotion of biosphere sustainability solutions.
Aquaculture is showing promise as an effective tool for restoring coral reefs, which in worldwide decline. With the Bandos Maldives coral gardening program, a long-term plan is implemented to share learning experiences with guests, accelerate coral growth regeneration in the atoll reef, and ultimately ensure the future of this unique destination.