ists, saw a good opportunity to participate in measures to
conserve the health of the coral reefs, as well as actively
“give something back” to nature. Hence the beginning of
2010 the saw the birth of a Marubis-funded reef in the
coastal waters off the village of Ban Tai.
The new reef is based on a seven-module steel construction with a total area of 40 x 30 feet ( 12 x 9 m)
and a height of 24 inches ( 60 cm). The low profile was
chosen so the new reef could be situated in shallow inshore water, where it also acts as a breakwater and helps
to counteract the erosion of the beach. For this reason
the steel bars of the framework are particularly close together, so that the reef can perform this role even when
the corals are still small.
The layer of limestone that builds up on the steel framework via electrolysis is an attractive substrate for diverse invertebrates to colonize.