Sri Lanka, over 20 million people live here, and it has a coastline of approximately 1,585 km. Island has nearshore coral reefs of ranging variety about 2% (up to 32 km) of the linear shoreline. Sixty‐five coral genera (171 species) and 35 species of butterflyfish reported from Sri Lankan coral reefs.
The current reef condition is generally poor and declining in nearshore waters. Sedimentation deposits of insoluble materials and coral mining are damaging many nearshore reefs, while the use of explosives and bottom‐set nets in fishing are damaging offshore reefs.
The principal purpose of the proposed project is to develop, restore, protect existing coral reefs and create new coral reefs along the coastlines of Sri Lanka, with the aid of cutting edge Science and Technology. Our overall mission is to increase the survival rate of the declining coral population against disruptive human activities.
Growing corals in captive conditions and replanting them in natural reefs is the core idea of the project. We also recover suffocating corals that have been separated from its original reef surface due to external circumstances and replant them in stable conditions to stimulate their growth. We are further working towards creating man-made reefs to plant corals using Concrete and other fitting materials.
There are already multiple coral planting projects in Sri Lanka conducted by different organizations, which are remarkably good initiatives in a challenging time like this. For our project, we use well-known coral planting techniques. Additionally, we give great importance to uncovering new and quicker approaches to grow coral. Our scheme is very different from existing projects because we are heavily using Information Technology and Scientific Research Methods to accomplish this project and produce positive outcomes.