Since May 2016 Reef Recharge have been battling to save the project from the clutches of coral bleaching. Hours and hours of hard work have been carried out underwater to restore the coral frames to full health. Corey, our current resident marine biologist, is whom we need to thank for all the hard work and the current good condition of the project.
Corey Akers grew up in Virginia, USA, and gained an early interest in the oceans through beach vacations with his family. After falling in love with the marine world he earned his degree in Marine Biology at Nova Southeastern University in Florida. During his time at university Corey volunteered with a research vessel in Florida and fell in love with diving. He worked at a dive shop and after graduating as an aquarist, marine biologist and wildlife biologist.
Wanting to travel, Corey left Florida to earn his Divemaster Certification in Honduras, and then earned his SCUBA Instructor Certification in the Maldives. Since receiving his certification Corey has worked as an instructor in Thailand, Hawaii, and the US Virgin Islands, but returned to the Maldives to focus on his passion for marine conservation with Reef Recharge.
Corey arrived at Taj Exotica at the start of the mass coral bleaching event in the Maldives. Over the last 9 months, he has spent hundreds of hours underwater, attaching more than 6,000 coral fragments to our 240 frames. A huge THANK YOU to Corey for all his hard work and perseverance.
“I love my job! I am excited everyday to actively help restore and protect our coral reefs! This is a wonderful project and I am proud to be engaged in it!”
Corey Akers, February 2017