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It is seriously endangered by human activity. So these divers made it their mission to restore this coral reef in the Mediterranean Sea. Meanwhile, in Spain …
Meanwhile, in the Punta de la Mona region of Spain, Marina and her teams are bringing a coral reef back to life by replanting corals. Despite the establishment of a natural park in the 1980s, certain human activities still damage corals. The latter are in danger in particular because of the hundreds of ropes, fishing lines, nets, traps, and even tires which accumulate in the reef, covering them and fragmenting them. “Many people believe that coral reefs only exist in tropical areas, while cold water reefs, especially those in the Mediterranean, are very important as they form the basis of the ecosystem.“, explains Marina Palacios Miñambres, director of the SOS Corales project.
Since the end of 2020, the project teams have launched awareness-raising actions as well as on-site dives to restore the corals. This participatory marine conservation project is inspired by a program launched in 2015 in Indonesia by the Coral Guardian association. In 4 years, they have replanted 40,000 corals and the restored areas are home to 30 times more fish than before. Coral Guardian trained and accompanied Marina and her colleagues so that they could replicate the experience on candelabra corals in the Mediterranean.