An artificial reef made entirely using Biri Buds is being established offshore from Biri Resort & Dive Center alongside a coral nursery.
Biri Initiative is employing a method for growing hard corals first used by aquarium hobbyists and then developed for application to the marine environment by the Coral Restoration Foundation, in Florida, USA. Similar methods have since been adopted in coral nurseries around the tropics.
Biri Initiative gathers loose fragments of staghorn and elkhorn corals found on the sea bed. These are either attached to Biri Buds or suspended above the sea bed on structures of iron rebar. Suspended above the sea bed in this way, there is no need to clean off sand. The only maintenance requirement we have experienced is removing crown-of-thorns starfish.
A small fragment grows into a colony large enough to be transferred onto a Biri Bud in just a few months.
Observation of the artifical reef and coral nursery is facilitated by a floating observation platform.