In partnership with Temple Adventures, we conceptualise, design and construct artificial reefs off the coast of Pondicherry. The aim of artificial reef and fish aggregation devices is to boost fish population on a local scale and support sustainable fisheries. In addition to this, they serve as a useful tool for ecotourism, enabling education on marine conservation for the general public.
The team from Temple Adventures pioneered artificial reef construction in 2013. With the use of unconventional materials such as cemented glass bottles, treated automobile shells, steel frames and concrete, Temple Reef was created. The multi-component reef now houses over 70 species of fish and invertebrates. We carry forward this work, and experiment with cutting-edge, new materials and techniques to maximise local biodiversity.
To aid our reef building efforts, we have received support from Wildlife Trust of India as a Rapid Action Project.