Coral reefs are one of the most biodiverse, complex and productive ecosystems on earth. Maldivian coral reefs contribute up to 5% of the worlds reef area. Sadly, they are also one of the world's most endangered ecosystems and the last several decades has experienced increasingly stressful conditions due to a combination of natural and anthropogenic factors.
The internship usually last one or two months, depending on the needs of the students.
The training course is organized in theorical lectures and field activities, focused on the acquisition of different practical skills.
Identify the main coral families of Feridhoo house reef
Diving skills to work underwater
Nursery site assessment and fragment collection
Preparing for monitoring transplanted colonies
Assess coral health conditions
Take active part during reef restoration procedures
Monitoring nursery-grown colonies and mortality rates
Data collection and analysis
Use different visual sampling techniques at different depths and methods
(snorkeling and diving)
Nursery selection, construction and deployment
Transplantation of nursery-grown corals testing different attachment methods