The head of marine ecology of the marine environment deputy of the Environmental Protection Organization said: The investigation of the condition of the restored corals in Chabahar Bay in 1402 indicated a proper growth and coverage of about 70% of the restored artificial beds.
According to Moj news agency, Dr. Mehdi Bloki regarding the restoration of Gulf corals Chabahar He stated: about a thousand coral cuttings by the conservation organization the environment With the cooperation of Chabahar Azad Region and Chabahar Azad University, it was planted as a pilot on spider and block beds in 2018.
The head of marine ecology of the marine environment deputy of the Environmental Protection Organization continued: At the beginning of the mentioned project and after one year of work, the results of the investigations were disappointing due to the dredging of the Shahid Beheshti wharf, but after the second year and the dredging was stopped, there was growth. We noticed the remaining cuttings on the artificial beds created in Chabahar Bay.
Referring to the fact that in 1401, more than a thousand cuttings were placed on new beds by the Environmental Protection Organization, he pointed out: The examination of the condition of the restored corals in 1402 indicated proper growth and coverage of about 70% of the restored beds.
According to this official in the Environmental Protection Organization, at this time about 500 new cuttings were placed on spider beds for rehabilitation.
He admitted: In order to revive the corals of Chabahar Bay, four species of corals from two different families were used, and the results were very remarkable.
The head of marine ecology of the marine environment department of the Environmental Protection Organization stated: Considering that our recent monitoring showed that the cut corals are in good condition and the result was successful, this project can be used in other marine areas to restore corals. Used as a template.
It should be noted that corals in the Iranian waters of the Persian Gulf are largely limited to islands. Most of Iran’s coral reefs in the Persian Gulf are located around Kharg and Kharko islands in the north and around the southern islands between Lawan and Hormuz and Hondurabi, Kish, Faror, Bani Faror, Siri, Lark, Hengama, Small and Big Tonb, Abu Musi and Qeshm islands.
Iran’s coral aquifers are mainly of the marginal type and have grown from northwest to southeast of the Persian Gulf, around 16 islands and two coastal areas, namely Naiband Bay and Chabahar Bay.
In the Persian Gulf, the rate of destruction and damage to coral reefs due to widespread and uncontrolled human activities is much more severe than the global average rate. According to the reports of the United Nations, in the last few decades, more than 70% of the coral beaches of the countries of the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman, including Iran, have been destroyed, the main reasons for which were oil pollution and the progress of coastal construction in the sea. In the meantime, oil extraction, exploitation and transportation play the biggest role in the destruction of coral beaches.