Published on Sep 25, 2004
Reef Ball at Koh Racha
The Racha Resort and Spa and the Racha Seamaster Divers on
Phuket’s Racha Yai Island will begin a Reef Ball project.
Reef Ball programmes restore ailing coral reefs and create
new fishing and scuba-diving sites. The process involves
artificial reef construction, coral propagation and training
in coral transplants.
The Koh Racha project will be led by Todd Barber, chairman
of the Reef Ball Foundation, and John Walch, an expert in
Koh Racha is the first island in Thailand to be accepted
into the Reef Ball Foundation’s “Reefs Around the World” grant
programme. In addition to support from Reef Ball Foundation,
the Racha Resort and Spa has invested Bt2 million to support
Each reef ball costs approximately Bt2,000. The project
will begin at Racha Yai Island and expand to other areas of
coral reef degradation around Phuket, including the Phi Phi
islands, says Suvit Khunkitti, Thailand’s natural resources
and environment minister.