The 2004 Tsunami destructed thousands of coral colonies on the Andaman Reef, by lifting the corals up and displacing them on to the beach. These corals were the future of the reef and without them the reef has been left with too few colonies to repopulate. Plus these dead corals now move around in the waves and damage the growing reef.
To try to stop this destruction and promote re-growth on the reef, The Andaman hotel have introduced an education programme led by Dr Gerry Goeden, the hotel’s consultant marine biologist.
At low tide Dr Gerry, leads a team of staff and guest volunteers to clear the dead corals. The volunteers can also help to grow new corals in the Coral Farm, a man-made pool where the corals grow safely. These new corals will be placed back on the reef within 4-12 months.
The aim is to place 5,000 – 10,000 new small corals on to the Andaman Reef community every year and to educate the younger generation about the importance of the reef and the environment.
For more information visit The Andaman.