A new centre for ocean restoration, awareness and learning (aptly abbreviated as CORAL) has opened on Praslin, the second-most populated island of Seychelles.

The centre will bring together scientists and students to share knowledge on how to protect and improve ocean life. Nature Seychelles, a non-profit organisation run by Nirmal Shah, will be responsible for the centre.

Mr Shah told Seychelles News Agency that the centre will use information gathered over the past seven years on one of the largest coral restoration projects implemented in the Cousin Island Special Reserve, which is located near Praslin. The Reef Rescuers project has so far seen 32 species of corals planted in a degraded area the size of a football field.

The Reef Rescuers project which began in 2010 received funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) – this has been extended to allow the centre’s operation until 2019.

At the opening of the centre, Melanie Zimmerman, the US embassy’s charge d’affaires responsible for Mauritius and Seychelles, commended Nature Seychelles for its efforts to save the ocean in the midst of climate change.

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