Soft coral transplantation

Extremely popular with recreational divers because of their exquisite beauty but generally uncommon in the Maldives, soft corals (Octocorallia, Alcyonacea) are among components of a reef communitites. In March 2007, the Marine Lab on Velavaru tested soft coral transplantation, a technique proven successful in Indonesia. This testing will help raise awareness for coral issues as well as testing new options to take coral regrowth to a new level in the Maldives.