In keeping with our blue footprint, in July 2007, RWS engaged marine biologists from appointed consultancy firm, DHI Water & Environment Singapore, to relocate corals and other marine life around the Sentosa northern coastline affected by reclamation works to the Southern Islands.See the video clip on the Sentosa Resorts World website of the coral relocation and status of relocated corals one year after, link on this page.
After a year in their new homes, we are proud to share that the relocated corals are thriving beautifully.
Here's some screen shots from the clip, ostensibly the 'before' situation.
Some information provided in the clip:
- "About 100 corals were moved".
- "Reported coral density along Sentosa's surrounding waters was sparse with less than 10% of the area covered with reefs".
- Also 'rescued': frogfish, nudibranchs, one octopus, more than a dozen seahorses
- "In Apr 2008 a marine survey shows that more than three quarters of transplanted corals are doing well."
- "The seahorses had settled into their new home."
- The coral relocation involved careful removal, transportation and relocation of more than 600 corals of 33 genera, measuring 20cm to 100cm across.
- Marine creatures such as nudibranches, seahorses and frogfishes were relocated as and when they were encountered during the relocation.
from Coral relocation at Sentosa Integrated Resort reclamation site DHI website 23 Jul 08
- At least 200 corals - of some 20 varieties - measuring 30 to 50cm across will be moved in cages over three weeks by marine biologists from consultancy firm DHI Water & Environment.
- Despite trying to "save as much as possible," DHI estimates some two-thirds of the corals will be sacrificed.
from Sentosa corals to move to Southern Islands by Shobana Kesava, Straits Times 7 Jul 07
- The survival rate of relocated corals in Singapore is about 80 to 90 per cent.
from The big reef move by Daphne Chuah, Today Online 7 Jul 07
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