Coral Restoration & Nursery
Nusa Penida boasts some of the most unspoiled and bio diverse coral reefs in the world. We are lucky to have such a rich baseline to be working from, but conservationists are concerned for the future of our reefs. The island is developing quickly and with it we can expect some impact on our coastlines. Recent bad weather also damaged much of the beautiful coral in Crystal Bay, one of our most popular dive sites. Indo Ocean Project is in the process of developing and installing coral nurseries in 2 targeted areas to help regenerate the areas, Crystal Bay and SD point.
Interns collect naturally occurring fragments from the surrounding areas and attach them to a fixed rope structure in water between 12m-5m as well as to fixed nursery structures. As the fragments grow large enough they are then out-planted to nearby reefs at similar depths of water via the hitching technique.
Our friends from New Heaven Reef Conservation in Koh Tao have had enormous success in the ability to regenerate degraded areas using this method. In October 2018, two of the New Heaven staff members visited Indo Ocean Project to help us build and install our first coral nursery.