In Reef Check’s latest collaboration with the Odyssey Institute, West Bali National Park and its famous coral reefs are again the winners.

Working with Aramco School, a new artificial reef was recently installed at Gilimanuk in West Bali National Park, on the far west tip of Bali near Java.

See images on the Odyssey Institute’s Facebook page.

Using five prefabricated concrete Hexadomes, divers used ropes and levers to launch the permanent structures. Students watched from surface as the delicate operation was conducted.

Some students then freedived to join the divers underwater, and using buddy breathing (breathing through another diver’s spare mouthpiece) the students then tied pieces of pre-prepared coral fragments to the structures.

These transplanted coral fragments were all collected already broken from within the coral reef.

Reef Check’s Derta Purwita explains the West Bali National Park site was chosen for a new artificial reef for several reasons.

“Reef Check had already done monitoring there in West Bali National Park, we found that this site has been degraded, particularly suffering from coral bleaching and climate change impacts,” Derta said.

“Coral needs something solid to grow on, when reefs are damaged rubble forms, making it hard for new coral to latch onto something to grow. This new artificial reef structure will help form a new solid base for new coral to grow on.”

“With many tourists visiting nearby Menjangan Island, we are concerned that the coral reefs will be pressured. So it’s important we rehabilitate alternative locations nearby, so that the tourist visits can be spread over more sites within West Bali National Park, reducing the strain on Menjangan Island.”

“We will continue this work, with proposed installation of more Hexadomes in Gilimanuk Bay soon.”

Reef Check thanks The Odyssey Institute and Amarco School for their collaboration on this project