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Kota Kinabalu (Malaysia) plants 200 Reef Balls

By Leonard Ho - Posted Apr 16, 2011 04:55 PM
Malaysia has planted 540 tonnes of artificial reef structure in an effort to restore coral reefs damaged by tropical storms. Reef Balls are large, hollow structures made from pH balanced microsilica concrete. Learn more about Reef Balls after the jump
Kota Kinabalu (Malaysia) plants 200 Reef Balls

Divers seed planted Reef Balls with coral fragments.

According to Wikipedia:

The Reef Ball Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) publicly supported non-profit organization that functions as an international environmental Non-governmental organization. The foundation uses Reef Ball artificial reef technology, combined with coral propagation, transplant technology, public education and community training to build, restore and protect coral reefs. The foundation has already established "Reef Ball reefs" in over 59 countries, and ongoing projects take the total countries reached to more than 70. Well over 550,000 Reef Balls have been deployed in more than 4,000 projects.

Reef Balls' uses include "coral reef rehabilitation, fishery enhancement, snorkeling and diving trails, beach erosion protection, surfing enhancement, fish spawning sites, planters for mangrove replanting, enhancement of lobster fisheries, creation of oyster reefs, estuary rehabilitation, and even exotic uses such as deep water Oculina coral replanting."

In 2002, Todd Barbar (founder of Reef Balls) gave a presentation in #reefs irc chatroom about his organization.  It's great to see Reef Balls' success over the past decade!

For photos of maturing Reef Balls, check out Reef Ball's monitoring gallery.


Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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