The first coral frame was planted in 2011. Fish life has since been increasing steadily; the populations of coral eating fish, such as Triggerfish and Parrotfish, as well as algae-eating Wrasse, have all multiplied. Diversity levels have also increased with the appearance of several new species, including Hawksbill Turtle, juvenile Napoleon Wrasse and Moray Eels.
We hope this increase in fish population and diversity level is proportionate to the number of frames we plant; the more we plant the more the fish life we will see!
The coral frames in the Coral Garden are sponsored by our guests and are often planted in memory of a special event or dedicated to a loved one. Each coral frame is named by its sponsor and fitted with a name plate and a tag # to make them easily identifiable.
Coral Frame Sponsors can track the progress of their coral frame by entering their unique coral frame tag # in the search box on the top right of this page, or by visiting the Coral Frame Collection page.
To build coral frames to plant in the Coral Garden, we collect coral fragments that have been found broken on local reefs and rehabilitate them in our coral nursery. The fragments are left to grow and regain their health before they are used in the artificial reef project.
Metal frames, coated with a special marine cement mix, are used to create artificial reefs along with the donor fragments from the nursery. The fragments are initially attached to the frame using cable ties, however, over time the fragments will bind themselves using a calcium carbonate secretion and the cable ties will be removed.
The fragments then continue to grow and will eventually cover the entire frame. Each artificial reef is given a name and tag # so it can be easily identified in the future. It takes at least two years for the artificial reef to establish itself and more than five years for the framework to be fully covered – it’s a long process but we are committed to it!