Coral reefs, the magical underwater colonies, are now dwindling world over because of global warming, ocean acidification, and pollution. The coral bleaching in 2016 had left the reefs around Sangeli island barren with coral rubble and sandy lagoon beds. Without the life-sustaining reefs, marine life also dwindled. In response to these threats, OBLU SELECT Sangeli initiated a reef conservation program in January 2019.
The first step was to build a coral nursery to help restore the lost coral cover. Located in the main lagoon, the nursery uses the coral frame method. More than 150 metal frames with more than 7000 fragments were placed in 2 different locations around the island. The coral nursery thrived in the last four years. These sites are nurtured and regularly monitored to remove marine debris and replant broken corals.
Thanks to all the conservation efforts, under the watchful eye of in-house Marine Biologists, Giorgia and Shah, the lagoon bed now has a lush coral cover, with many fish and other marine animals visiting and inhabiting the frames. Snorkelers can see a myriad of ocean life with parrotfish, snappers, eagle rays, sharks, and many other fish species and invertebrates.