Using breeze blocks to create new reefs
Breeze block pyramids are being placed on the seabed to encourage reef life to refuge on the surfaces as part of a breakthrough programme being carried out by the privately funded Dive Grenada.
It's one of the best ocean conservation stories this year — each structure is approximately two metres tall and weighs around half a tonne, but the Grand Anse Reef Regeneration Project team has devised a way to transport the towers out by boat to the chosen drop site. As well as creating new ecosystems, these areas of breeze block reefs can be used for training new divers so that natural reefs aren’t damaged.
Dive Grenada is prolific for its marine conservation efforts, and started sinking its breezeblock pyramids into the sea in 2013, with impressive results ever since. It is working in collaboration with the Fisheries Division of Grenada on the island’s first purpose-built artificial reef and the company dedicates its time and money to the Grand Anse Reef Regeneration Project. Its efforts make Grenada one of a few exciting destinations for research and conservation.
Pictures courtesy of Facebook.com / Grenada Grand Anse Reef Regeneration Project