DIMO Successfully Concludes ‘Life to Reef’ Season 4

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM May 17 2021

DIMO, one of the leading conglomerates in Sri Lanka, recently concluded “Life to Reef” Season 4, the latest phase of the company’s initiative to restore and preserve corals in the world-famous Bonavista Reef in Rumassala.

DIMO has been a major advocate for Sustainable Development Goal 14 (Life below water) and has been spearheading this effort since 2017 together with Wildlife and Ocean Resource Conservation (WORC) to restore and preserve corals in the Bonavista Reef. The Life to Reef Season 4 volunteer day event at Rumassala witnessed the participation of 28 DIMO Tribe members. Led by DIMO Group CEO Gahanath Pandithage, the volunteers supported in different capacities for the event, as divers, snorkelers and swimmers, attending from diverse business segments across the DIMO Group.

 The volunteers actively took part in coral planting and reef cleaning activities, with corals tied up in cement plates, where as many as 120 coral nubbins were planted 150 meters away from the shore. Nursery racks were taken to the deep waters by divers and deposited at the bottom of the sea while studying the growth of previously planted corals and how they have adapted to the ecosystem. 

The team also carried out a comprehensive cleaning programme in the reef as well as the beach to mitigate the possible further damage from plastic pollution. Since its inception 4 years ago, a total of 2,500 nubbins have been planted, while 6 artificial reefs have been created with nursery panels and steel racks visible on the seabed, promising continuous coral conservation activities. During this 4-year period, the project has so far restored more than 2,000 coral fragments, while the area covered by the coral reef is now over 3.5 acres. To date, about 30 species of corals belonging to eight families have been replaced.

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM May 17 2021

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