This past Saturday January 29th, Two Fish Divers were invited by the Manado Jetski and Underwater Club in conjunction with the head of the regional police department to their Coral Re-Planting initiative. This great event was made to help contribute to preserving the coral growth in the area just in front of the Club which is a sandy bottom area. The event was a total success! The organization had a few events planned for the day: First, a Jetski race of about 12 jetski´s. Second, the main event: coral re-planting. For this event, approximately 75 divers registered in the main registration desk! And third: a big buffet style lunch with live music!
For coral re-planting, two 20 meters long (approx) of an artificial structure made with iron bars has been built along the slope to help stabilize the slope and to create a base which the coral fragments are tied to attach with the iron bars as the as the support base. Bits and pieces of broken yet living coral were collected for the replanting and restoration purposes. For this event, more than 10 species of coral (hard coral) were used and planted by all the participants teams. This effort has shown that within a month, there are significant changes from this efforts. More marine life can be seen underwater, seeking for food and shelter from the coral that has been planted around the area. We hope that a continuous coral replanting and observation as well monitoring will be taking place from time to time.
We would like to thank the Manado Jetski and Underwater Club for the invitation. Also, many thanks for their efforts to preserve and contribute to marine life, which represents a benefit to the environment and also to the local community (more tourism)
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