Friday, 18 October 2013

Artificial reef: dump sites or new habitat?

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious and Most Merciful.

As an effort to restore reef, artificial reefs were deployed at several areas especially within marine protected areas. Various types of artificial reef being used such as concrete unit, wooden boat, wabcore block and reef ball. These structure were said to be able to mimic the natural reef. The question is, does this man-made structure truly serve its purpose as habitat?

In my opinion, preliminary studies on the effectiveness of artificial reef should be done before any deployment being made. We cant simply dump anything and then hoping it will become new home for marine organisms.

Thursday, 17 October 2013

it's been a while

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious and Most Merciful....

It has been almost a year ago since my first entry in this blog. I must admit i had lost the desire to write in a blog long time ago.

One year has passed. A lots of things happen. A lot of changes being seen in our reef community. For the past one year, I've been dedicated my time mingling around coral reef in Tioman Island. I've dived in almost all part of the island. It was indeed among the greatest experience of all. 

The reef is still in good condition even though some part were badly affected by eutrophication and human development. New corals were developing and we do really hope that these corals can survive with the current condition of human and natural stress.