Coral Line by: Khadheeja Ahmed Didi
Coral Type: Bushy
Coral species: Acropora humilis
Message: In the loving memory of an amazing mother, sister & daughter- Gillian Pringle & in the loving memory of an amazing father, husband and grandfather- Keith Wood. Always in our hearts…
Notes: You will notice there has been a substantial decline in % Fragments Alive at the 1 year monitoring. This mortality was unfortunately as a result of the El nino induced coral bleaching that occurred during Feb/March/April of this year. A lot of fragments in the coral nursery were killed but there were also a lot which survived, both give us important information about coral resilience for for our research into coral rehabilitation. You can see at 1.5 years, the remaining corals are growing well!
Update, June 2021: the remaining colonies of this line have been left to grow for a number of years and were transplanted in May, 2021. Due to the fact that these corals survived the 2016 mass bleaching event, this was an important line to transplant back onto the reef as they have shown increased resilience to environmental stress factors. The corals are now an integral part of an ecosystem that provides essential functions such as food and habitat for Maldives’ diverse marine life.