Mediterranean corals restored

Year 2023 review of the Deep Core project in the Mediterranean updateBefore / after seabed recovery. Copyright : Coral Soul

Year 2023 review of the Deep Core project in the Mediterranean

The year 2023 came to a close at Punta de la Mona with some fine advances. In 3 key figures:
- The project cleaned up 92% of the polluted project area: a total of 1,381 kg of underwater waste brought to the surface! They will be recycled to make furniture, thanks to a new circular partnership with a local company;
- 891 corals have been cared for and then transplanted to the seabed to recover the ecosystem, since the project began; 
- More than 8,200 people have been educated locally.
 
Recovery of the area is therefore well underway, with significant progress on depollution. Restoration activities will continue in 2024 and the area to be depolluted will be extended, to bring this effort to other parts of the Marine Protected Area. 

Our Coral Guardian and Coral Soul teams are currently working on priorities for 2024 and seeking funding to continue and extend the project. 

One of this year's objectives will be to work with fishermen in the area, to reduce marine litter at source, and advocacy to strengthen the protection of the area. 

A big thank you to you for your support! 

Deep Core's last activities of 2023! updateChildren discover the seabed through virtual reality. Copyright : Coral Soul

Deep Core's last activities of 2023!

The year 2023 came to an end with some final activities implemented in December. In addition to the final coral restoration and biological monitoring of the area, the team also carried out:
-       Activities at a school in Segovia: + 250 children took part, discovering the marine life of their region, the coral, and raising awareness of ocean preservation. On the program in addition to educational activities: a diving excursion to a depth of +30 meters... via virtual reality!
-       Underwater: a delicate action maintaining coral nurseries and the changing of a metal grid supporting the corals, at a depth of 36 meters by technical divers. After 3 years, these structures, which support dozens of corals, are showing signs of weakening and are being replaced to continue caring for the corals in complete serenity. 

Restoration work accelerates on Deep Core project updateFishing nets raised from the seabed. Copyright: Coral Soul

Restoration work accelerates on Deep Core project

The start of the 2023 school year was eventful for the Deep Core project in Spain. In September, the project team focused on the care of recovered corals, and no less than 220 corals were cared for on the nurseries, at + 30 meters depth. In October, an extraordinary week of mobilization brought together 10 technical divers from different European countries (German, Dutch, Danish, Spanish) to de-pollute the seabed in the area. A total of 360 kg of garbage was cleaned, most of it abandoned fishing gear and nets. An action that gives hope and a smile to the marine ecosystems of the Mediterranean. 

Discover the project team and the passion that drives them

In the spring, the Deep Core coral restoration project in the Mediterranean was lucky enough to welcome teams from the Seen Blue production agency. We are delighted to present the film made, which traces the commitment of these "guardians of the chandelier coral". 

+ 1 tonne of waste de-polluted in the Mediterranean Sea! updateDivers haul up ghost nets from the seabed. Copyright : Coral Soul

+ 1 tonne of waste de-polluted in the Mediterranean Sea!

After 2 years of de-polluting the Mediterranean seabed, at Punta de la Mona near the town of Almunecar in Andalusia, the Deep Core project has reached a new milestone: 1 tonne of waste removed from the seabed! This figure is the fruit of long-term work, carried out day after day by teams of volunteer divers, diving to depths of between 30 and 50 metres to bring up marine debris. 80% of the waste removed comes from fishing: huge abandoned nets, fishing lines, bait, etc. are destroying local biodiversity. 

+ 700 corals restored in the Mediterranean by 2022 with our partner in the field, the Coral Soul association updateCoral Soul's team of divers take care of the corals they collect from the nurseries, before transplanting them to the reef. Copyright: Javier Sanchez / Coral Soul

+ 700 corals restored in the Mediterranean by 2022 with our partner in the field, the Coral Soul association

Thanks to the involvement in the project of 120 volunteers and ocean enthusiasts, we cleaned up more than 1,000 kg of waste from the seabed, allowing biodiversity to regain its rights. More than 2,000 people were made aware of the beauty of the Mediterranean seabed and the importance of preserving it. All these actions have led to local progress and more regulations within the Punta de la Mona Marine Protected Area.

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