Reef Check Training 27 & 28 Feb 2015

There will be a Reef Check Training conducted by Gemana at Save the Beach Hut in Villimale’ on 27 & 28 February. This will be two full days of training which will cover theory class room sessions as well as practicals in the water.

If you took part in the last session of training and did not get your Eco Diver certificate, you are welcome to join this session.

Please call 742 8225 or 770 3670 to register.

Reef Check Training 27 & 28 Feb

Villimale’ North Reef Nursery Pictures

Pictures were taken on 27 & 30 January 2015.

It has been two and a half months since the corals on the mesh bed have been transplanted in the Villimale’ nursery. And two months for the corals on rebar frame beds.

It takes a lot of effort by volunteers to clean out the algae that compete for space with the corals in the absence of or lack of herbivorous fish. And this is how much they have grown. It takes so much effort for them to grow, and yet it takes only a few seconds for us and is so easy to undo all that hard work.

We welcome any and all members of our community to come care for these coral at Villimale’. If we all put in a collective effort, the process of rehabilitating our reef won’t seem such a colossal task. Here is proof it is possible 🙂 Will keep posting pictures as they progress.

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Litter Audit 2014

We have started our litter audit process for 2014 this weekend. Training was conducted on Friday and the audit for the east beach sample site was carried out on 20 December Saturday.

There is one more training scheduled for Wednesday 11 am for new volunteers. This is to audit sample sites from the Barbecue Beach and Water sports Beach. Audits will continue on Wednesday and Thursday (24th & 25th Dec 2014).

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Transplanting Corals in Villimale’ Photos

Leaving to Hulhumale'

Leaving to Hulhumale’

On the way to Hulhumale'

Reaching Hulhumale'

On the way to Hulhumale’

Arrived in hulhumale'

Arrived at Hulhumale’

 

volunteers at hulhumale'

Volunteers at hulhumale’

volunteers at hulhumale'

Settling in at the Rowing club

volunteers at Hulhumale'

Volunteers at Hulhumale’

 

volunteers at hulhumale'

Before the morning brief

Morning brief

Morning brief

Going to lagoon

Going to the lagoon in dinghies

Collecting corals

Collecting corals

 

 

land nursery hulhumale'

Volunteers at land nursery

 

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Land nursery at hulhumale’

Hamid @ Hulhumale'

Hamid from Huvafenfushi explaining how to handle the corals

Environment Minister's interview

The Minister for Environment Thoriq joining us for the effort. He collected and also planted some corals in the nursery.

Minister for Environment & Director of EPA collecting coral fragments

Minister for Environment & Director of EPA collecting coral fragments

Temp nursery in hulahumale'

Corals on temporary nursery in Hulhumale’ until transportation

 

Boxes in dinghies

Dinghies transferring corals

 

Loaded boat

Loaded boat

Off to Villimale'

Off to Villimale’

Offloading at Villimale'

Offloading at Villimale’

Placing corals in Villimale' Nursery

Placing corals in Villimale’ Nursery

Villimale' Coral Nursery

Villimale’ Coral Nursery

 

 

Expression of Interest for Conducting an EIA

Expression of Interest

Conducting an Environment Impact Assessment

Reef Monitoring and Rehabilitation Programme in Villimale’

 Save the Beach is an organisation working to protect the environment of Villamale’, namely the beaches and reefs of Villimale’, through activities such as regular clean up of the beaches and lagoon area, along with raising awareness. Our current project is focusing on rehabilitating the west reef of Vilimale’ by planting coral tips on already dead hard corals and through regular monitoring of the reef by measuring growth rates and by doing Fish Counts and Water Tests.

Save the Beach is looking for interested individuals or companies to perform an Environmental Impact Assessment for the  reef rehabilitation and monitoring programme in Villimale’ that is planned to start with the assistance of  United Nations Development Program, the Global Environmental Facility Small Grants Programme and community partners.

Interested parties are advised to submit a quotations, company profile and timelines, addressed to Fathimath Thanzeela, Projects Manager, at savethebeach.villingili@gmail.com.

To receive project information please call our hotline at 7428225 before 18 August 2014.

Deadline for application is 19 August 2014, 1600 hours.

 

11 August 2014

Invitation for Bids

For Purchase of Water Testing Equipment

Reef Monitoring and Rehabilitation Programme in Villimale’

Save the Beach is an organisation working to protect the environment of Villamale’, namely the beaches and reefs of Villimale’, through activities such as regular clean up of the beaches and lagoon area, along with raising awareness. Our current project, assisted by the United Nations Development Program, the Global Environmental Facility Small Grants Programme and community partners, is focusing on rehabilitating the west reef of Vilimale’ by planting coral tips on already dead hard corals and through regular monitoring of the reef by measuring growth rates and by doing Fish Counts, Reef Check and Water Tests.

Save the Beach is looking for interested individuals or companies to supply the water testing equipment required for the project.

Please email  savethebeach.villingili@gmail.com to receive the information pack on details of water tests and project, before 1600 hours on 20 August 2014. You can also call 742 8225 should you have any enquiries.

Interested parties are advised to submit quotations, company profile with product details, warrantees or guarantees, and specifications, addressed to Fathimath Thanzeela, Projects Manager, at savethebeach.villingili@gmail.com before 1600 hours on  23 August 2014.

10 August 2014