Last week, I had the enormous pleasure and honour of participating in creating a new artificial reef in Cambodia! Reef Dive Resort, The Dive Shop joined forces with Navy General Tea Sokha, Provincial Governor Yun Min and Tycoon Tea Vichet to design and sink two decommissioned containers off the coast of Koh Rong to create a new ecosystem for fish and coral. See full video here!
What Is An Artificial Reef?
An artificial reef is a man made structure typically built to promote marine life on a featureless bottom. In this case, two decommissioned shipping containers were designed and cut up to create a house-shaped swim through with a coral nursery on top. Holes for windows and doors were cut into the sides of the containers for easier access while metal spikes were welded on top as attachment places for the coral. Coral can reproduce sexually, through spawning and asexually through fragmentation : meaning if a branch falls off, or is broken off it can re attach and form a new colony. Through attaching the coral on these containers, the hope is to develop a thriving ecosystem to improve fish populations.