An attempt to revive the coral reefs of Kalpitiya

An attempt to revive the coral reefs of Kalpitiya

An attempt to revive the coral reefs of Kalpitiya

Written by Staff Writer

08 Dec, 2019 | 9:28 pm

COLOMBO(News 1st) – For centuries, human activity paved the path to earth’s destruction. But changing trends, mankind is embarking on a new journey. This is an attempt to revive a silenced life in the Kalpitiya seabed.

Sri Lanka, for many years, has topped the list as one of the most attractive destinations in the world. For more than 2500 years of a distinctive history, the pearl of the Indian Ocean is endowed with numerous areas of natural scenic beauty and the coral reefs around most parts of the island are one of many.

Owing to human activities and certain natural disasters, coral reefs are facing an untimely death. Bar Reef, the most famous and the largest coral reef in Sri Lanka, located two kilometers off the coast of Kalpitiya, was severely impacted by human activities and the El Niño and La Niña effect in 2016.

This group is now attempting to revive the fragile coral scattered without life.

Sajith Subashana, President Ocean Resources Conservation Association:

“Following the coral bleaching in 1998, the coral reef on the southern coast completely died. We were then finding a solution to restore the coral reef. We then identified a method to use cement and restore the reef underwater.

The Bar Reef in Kalpitiya is entirely lifeless. Species within the reef are no longer there. We have constructed artificial habitats and are currently in the process of restoring the coral reef.”


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