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The protection of the underwater world and its endangered species is particularly important to us at ARTEBENE. Our own passion for diving has led to a growing interest in projects such as the planting of our own ARTEBENE coral garden in the Maldives together with the Marine Lab Center and the Red Sea Project in Egypt, which work to protect and preserve the biodiversity of marine ecosystems.
ARTEBENE has been a supporter of the Red Sea Project in Egypt since 2021. The Red Sea Project is an international non-profit organisation whose primary goal is the protection and conservation of biodiversity and marine ecosystems. The ARTEBENE team was able to meet the head of the project, Ahmed Fouad, in Egypt and learn a lot about the behaviour of the turtles during a joint dive and at the same time support the documentation of the animals.
With main tasks as coral reef surveys, sea-grass meadow surveys or their turtle monitoring and conservation program they want to fight the consequences of ongoing industrialization, urbanization and tourism.
Photography and measurements are used to identify each specie and enable easy analyses of the behaviour of the turtles. They try to understand the movement, behaviour and routines of each turtle as good as possible. The project means very much to us and we want to highlight the importance of taking action and protecting the marine ecosystems and the species that live in the Red Sea - as we all want to maintain the colourful and rich underwater world!
Together with the Marine Lab Center, we planted a dedicated ARTEBENE coral garden at the Maldives as a special ARTEBENE environmental initiative. Planting corals contributes significantly to the preservation and restoration of sea corals. Intact coral reefs provide shelter to animals, because they are habitat to fishes and millions of other creatures. Moreover, corals protect coasts by reducing the effects of severe sea storms.
To plant coral gardens, small mud balls are formed as a first step. Each mud ball is carefully laid down by hand and, as a second step, planted with a broken coral. Beate and Rüdiger Kress planted more than 100 new corals for ARTEBENE this way and laid the foundation for a new coral garden. This coral block has been entered in the sea chart under the name of ARTEBENE.
Now we have to be patient and to wait for what will develop here in the coming years. Many thanks to the whole Marine Lab Center team, we really learned a lot!