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Project status overview

The DITH MENA sponsored reefs and nursery tables were sunk and installed on 15th January 2022 and have settled and acclimatized well. 

The sinking event was televised on Expo 2020 TV and it can be viewed here, the feature starts at 56 minutes. 

The status of each structure is shown below, together with a summary of the coral planting on the nursery tables. We have reserved the remaining 100 fragments for spring planting in warmer and clearer waters, which will accelerate their growth. 

We expect to be able to transplant some larger corals onto the artificial reef structures in the second quarter of 2022 as well as starting environmental monitoring of the presence of indicator species on the reefs. 

Project Metrics

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Large 8 meter long “OctoReef” Artificial Reef, designed by Poppy from class G5 at Clarion School. This probably one our most striking pieces and is very impressive under water.

At end-March 2022, the reef is fully colonized with barnacles and some sponge, and will be ready for the Spring 2022 transplanting of coral from the nursery tables. 

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Medium 4 meter long “Coral Reef Ray” Artificial Reef, designed by Talis Theo, Year 7 at Dubai English Speaking College

At end-March 2022, the reef is fully colonized with barnacles and some sponge, and will be ready for the  Spring 2022 transplanting of coral from the nursery tables. 

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Small 2 meter long Tribulus Artificial Reef, designed by a student at a Dubai School. 

At end-March 2022, the reef is fully colonized with barnacles and some sponge, and will be ready for the Spring 2022 transplanting of coral from the nursery tables. 

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Small 2 meter long Turtle Artificial Reef, designed by Lewis Van Buchem, Year 8 in Dubai English Speaking College.

At end-March 2022, the reef is fully colonized with barnacles and some sponge, and will be ready for the Spring 2022 transplanting of coral from the nursery tables. 

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3 Coral Nursery Tables 

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At end of March 2022, the 3 Coral Nursery Tables have been planted with 200 coral fragments that were recovered naturally from the seafloor in the Dibba Rock Marine Protected Area. The total capacity is 300 coral fragments across the 3 tables and the remaining 100 fragments will be planted in the warmer Spring waters to promote faster growth.

Environmental Monitoring

During the second quarter of 2022, we will be commencing the roving diver surveys and transect belt line surveys, with the aim of recording substrate, coral growth and indicator species. These will be documented and posted quarterly. 

Fujairah Artificial Reef Project

First Quarter Update 2022

Click here to read our summary of the first three months of progress on the artificial reef in 2022.