A German couple's initiative 'Coral Doctors', in partnership with German Oceanographic Museum Foundation, has hosted multiple events of their coral propagation workshop series in Maldives.
The team has hosted their workshops in Ukulhas, Alif Alif Atoll, Rasdhoo, Alif Alif Atoll and Maafushi, Kaafu Atoll. Prioritizing locals for these workshops, more than 60 individuals were trained under the project, including dive professionals and students.
According to the Coral Doctors, The idea of the workshops is to engage local communities, educate them on the fundamentals of coral reef ecology and how effectively breed the integral marine species.
The organization believes it is important for Maldivians to know how to handle living corals, learn different techniques on coral reproduction and strategies for restoration before conducting these activities on individual islands.
Corals Doctors are working with environmental NGOs such as Save The Beach and dive professionals across the country.
Collaborating with Zoo Aquarium of Madrid, the team plans on hosting more sessions in the near future.
The workshops also provide a unique opportunity for scientists behind the series to uncover more about Maldivian coral reefs and their conditions. The project will collect data on a monthly basis from those establishing their coral nurseries.