CORAL REEFS ARE BEING RESTORED USING UNDERWATER SCULPTURE IN THAILAND

CORAL REEFS ARE BEING RESTORED USING UNDERWATER SCULPTURE IN THAILAND

Among the most diverse ecosystems on Earth are coral reefs, and they support nearly 1 million species of fish, invertebrates and algae. Their importance cannot be overemphasized as they’re crucial to humans,  they protect our coasts from storms and floods, and provide work, medicine and food to more than 1 billion people. Also,  coral reef ecosystems give society resources and services worth $375 billion per year, according to the United Nations. Corals are threatened by pollution, climate change and over fishing. According to United Nations figure, almost half of reef-building coral species are under threat. Scientists predict we’ll lose up to 90% of all reefs in the next 20 years if something isn’t done soon.

A Non-profit organization Global Coralition draws on art, science and local communities for restoration of coral reef. The project include a giant sculpture called “Mazu” and artificial reef off the coast of Thailand’s Koh Tao island. The sculpture was built in 2018 by non-profit organization Global Coralition with the help of conservation group Eco Koh Tao, the sculpture and the 36 smaller pyramid structures that surround it hold 5,000 coral transplants.

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