Reethi Faru Resort has added a ‘coral tree’ nursery as a part of the resort’s conservation promise and reef restoration efforts. In its quest for becoming a sustainable island, Reethi Faru also produces organic food with sustainable farming concepts adopted within the resort.
The Coral Tree Nursery
Corals reproduce sexually and asexually. Asexual reproduction occurs through a process called ‘fragmentation’. By using finger-sized fragments of corals, Reethi Faru Resort is enabling this natural process to efficiently propagate the corals in larger numbers.
A coral tree is a simple structure created using simple PVC pipes, on which these fragments are hung using a monofilament line. This tree is tethered to the reef slope at about 10m depth; floating in the water column, moving with the wave surges. A single tree allows the resort to grow 90-100 coral fragments.
Once these fragments reach up to a certain size (approximately 9-12 months later), they will be attached directly to the house reef. This is Reethi Faru’s first “coral tree” at the resort. Likewise, the resort further plans to add a few more of these trees in the near future.
Recently Reethi Faru Resort began mushroom cultivation and farming and within 25 days they were able to harvest the first batch. Currently, the resort is working with three types of mushrooms. At this stage, the resort’s team is experimenting to see which types of mushrooms grow best in Maldivian weather conditions.
Once the testing phase is completed, the resort will fully start the function. The resort has also established its own
hydroponic greenhouse to vertically grow cucumbers, tomatoes, and other greens needed daily. The greenhouse is weather controlled, temperature controlled with mist technology, while properly sealed to avoid any sort of contamination.
Reethi Faru Resort is well known for its Eco and Sustainability efforts to invest more time in taking care of our planet. Located on the island of Filaidhoo in Raa Atoll, the resort is a private boutique resort with an enviable pedigree for conserving the natural beauty of the islands and sustaining the ecosystems upon which the fragile coral reef relies.