Coral Lines is a one-of-a-kind reef rehabilitation project in Gili Lankan Fushi, Maldives, which is not focused on profit, rather on science, and one of the very few coral restoration projects that shares the findings online, on an as-we-go basis. This enables the team to build awareness within the general public as they work to illustrate the results and share them with other scientists researching in the field.
At Gili Lankanfushi resort in the Maldives, the team rehabilitate the coral reef by nursing coral on ropes lines and later transplanting them onto degraded reef areas. Every rope is initially planted with 50 small, living coral fragments.
The corals are nursed in the lagoon for one year and later transplanted to One Palm Island reef if conditions are suitable. Over time the corals get stronger, grow bigger and improve the health of the reef.
The Coral Lines project is a research study on the subject of coral reef rehabilitation science, and 75% of the proceeds from every Coral Line donated, goes to the resorts Gili SEAS (Social & Environmental Awareness and Sustainability) fund, allowing the property to do more for the locals and the environment. The resort takes donations from guests who are staying at Gili Lankanfushi as well. Additionally, they have an online donation system so that anyone will be able to donate a coral line from any part of the world!
Coral Lines hope that by sharing this research, both the positive and the negative, it might prevent the same mistakes happening in future projects, further improving the field of reef restoration.