It has been over 5 years since Red Sea Diving College made headlines with the formation of an artificial reef on the House Reef in Naama Bay, Sharm el Sheikh. It was initially hoped that the metal structures would attract corals and fish to the area, for both snorkellers and divers to enjoy.
So what happened? Did it work? A quick look at the most recent pictures confirm what a great success the reef has become.
Some experimental coral transplantation a few years ago has helped to ensure each of the 4 structures has become a coral garden in its own right, teaming with many varieties of soft and hard coral. Initially, the stag coral was the most prevalent and fastest to spread, but now on a dive in the bay to observe the reef, the species supported include finger coral. Also wide spread are sponge varieties such as Red Boring and Honeycomb.
In turn, this has attracted many species of fish, leading to a more vibrant dive for lucky visitors. Schooling banner fish regularly guard the globe structure, while the pyramid is home to a single bat fish.
The dolphin shaped frame provides a home for a pufferfish who is a guaranteed sighting.
Add to that the visiting fish who come to have a look around, everything from napoleon fish to crocodile fish, double ended pipe fish to green sea turtles, and Red Sea Diving College staff are more than happy to be involved and proud to see what a difference just a small contribution to the ocean can make.
This allows also to educate young divers to fragile species and the need to preserve them. By recreating a reef, life has returned to the bay.