The latest updates of the ongoing one-of-a-kind research project on coral restoration.
MONTHLY DATA COLLECTION AT ‘THE CIRCLE’
With the study conducted by the master student on the effectiveness of Mineral accretion technology, we have been diving to place the corals on the science tables, collect measures and pictures of each fragment placed on these science tables.
A total of 640 coral fragments to monitor, 2 pictures for each fragment (1280 pictures), two different measurements for every fragment (1280 measures), it makes our diving sessions very busy without time to spare.
WATER TEMPERATURE – COMPARISON OF APRIL 2020 TO 2021
The month of April is the hottest month in the Seychelles, so our conservation team is on alert for any sign of coral bleaching due to rising seawater temperature. Compared to last year, 2021 seems to have recorded a higher average water temperature.
– Average temperature during the month of April 2021: 29.0 C
– Average temperature during the month of April 2021: 28.9 C
– Max temperature in April 2021: 30.54 C
– Max temperature in April 2020: 30.22 C
– Min. temperature in April 2021: 29.32 C
– Min. temperature in April 2020: 29.69 C
Our corals seem to be under less stress compared to last year. You can clearly see in the pictures below, how the same colony (No 160) was already showing signs of discoloration, in April 2020, due to bleaching.
Colony 160 – April 2020
Colony 160 – April 2021