Coral reefs are the basis of marine ecosystems. One of the functionalities is that it attracts fish, which is an important source of food supply in the fishing village Shimoni, Kenya. Unfortunately the reefs in this area have been damaged due to dynamite fishing. In collaboration with Boskalis, REEFolution Kenya* and Wageningen University & Research we have started a reef restoration project to restore the damaged coral reefs in the area. Together with the local community we have successfully installed artificial reefs to provide habitat for marine life, thereby restoring the damaged ecosystem.
Different ''Corals of Opportunity'' are placed on the artificial reef-modules to kickstart the restoration of this ecosystem. PhD students of Wageningen University & Research, REEFolution and Kenyatta University are currently monitoring the development of these corals. Three weeks after installation a variety of marine animals have already been spotted. It is amazing to see how fast the artificial reef is adopted as habitat.
*The REEFolution Kenya project aims to restore and create corals reefs together with the local community in order improve livelihood opportunities in fishery and ecotourism. In addition, the project actively engages in outreach and education activities to raise awareness on marine conservation. The project is based in Shimoni and closely collaborates with Mkwiro village on Wasini Island.