We’ve been working with Tawasul and Pavillion Dive Centre at Jumeirah Beach Hotel to install some algae mats to create an artificial reef. The reef is designed to promote marine biodiversity, and will also serve as a dive site for training and research centre for Tawasul members.
We have worked previously with Tawasul and Pavillion on the Week Without Walls project where we worked with students to create artificial reefs out of recycled materials such as PVC pipe, concrete, scraps of geotextile. These reefs have been successful in creating a sheltered habitat for a number of different species. This time we were more interested in creating a real living marine habitat. This would require the use of materials which encourage the growth of soft corals and algae.
A few months ago we designed algae mats for a project off the coast of Abu Dhabi. The brief was to create a marine habitat for a group of local endangered fish. The project is in its early stages, but it’s already showing a significant amount of promise (meaning the fish have plenty of algae to keep them full and happy!). So it only made sense to use these algae mats to help create the artificial reef at Jumeirah Beach Hotel.