Ao Leuk Artificial Reefs

Ao Leuk is the site of our first coral nurseries and artificial reefs constructed by the New Heaven Reef Conservation Program. We set down the first structure here in December of 2008. The structure was created by three of our students, and was called the fish nursery, for its integration of rubble and trash to create a very structurally complex habitat. With the success of that structure, many more have been added over the years, constructed and funded by our students.

The fish nursery (built 2008)

‘The Fish Nursery’, photo taken in 2012, about 4 years after deployment

There are currently a wide range of different restoration techniques and methods employed at the site, including:

  • Mid-water table and floating table coral nurseries
  • Floating rope nurseries
  • Fish nurseries
  • Steel artificial reef structures
  • Glass bottle coral/fish habitats
  • Coral Larval Culturing Substrates

We are always striving to try out new techniques and methods at this site, and create an area which is full of a diverse mixture of marine life.

Originally the area was about 97% Sand, 2% rubble, and less than 1% living hard corals. The only animals commonly observed in the area where Shrimp and Gobies. Today the site is host to a wide range of resident fish and invertebrates including porcupine puffer fishes, scorpion fishes, rabbit fish, parrot fish, barracuda, trigger fish, pipe fish, and much more.

 

Below is more detailed information about each structure:


 

The Fish NurseryThe Fish Nursery

Built: December 2008

By: Frank, Vera, Katja

Dimensions: Dia. 130 cm x Ht. 210 cm

Commonly Seen Here: Raggy Scorpion fish, Purcupine pufferfish, Damsel fishes, Weibels Butterfly fish, parrotfish


 

The Cone (fish nursery 2)The Cone

Built:2010

By:

Dimensions: Dia. 210 cm X Ht. 250 cm

Commonly Seen Here: Raggy Scorpion fish, Purcupine pufferfish, Damsel fishes, Weibels Butterfly fish, parrotfish


 

'Bruce' The TurtleBruce the Turtle

Built:June 2011

By: Ben,

Dimensions:Ht. 93cm X Wdt. 135 cm X Length 215 cm

Commonly Seen Here: Damsel fishes, Rabitfishes, Weibels Butterfly fish, parrot fish


 

The Box Fish

Built: August 2011

By: Naomi, Rohan

Dimensions:Ht. 37 cm X Wdt. 50cm X Length  200cm


 

The WhaleThe Whale

Built: August 2011

By: MUIC Volunteer Club

Dimensions: Ht. 85cm X Wdt. 150cm X Length 314 cm


 

The FaceThe Face

Built: August 2011

By: MUIC Volunteer Club

Dimensions: Ht. 70cm X Wdt. 220cm X Length 260 cm


 

Jellyfish DomeThe Jellyfish Dome

Built: August 2011

By: MUIC Volunteer Club

Dimensions: Ht. cm X Wdt. cm X Length  cm


 

The MUIC CrabThe Crab

Built: August 2011

By: MUIC Volunteer Club

Dimensions: Ht. 95cm X Wdt. 207cm X Length 210 cm


 

Darth VadarDarth Vadar

Built: February 2012

By: Into the Blue Team

Dimensions: Ht. 200cm X Wdt. 90cm X Length  220cm


 

The WalrusThe Walrus

Built: February 2012

By: Into the Blue Team

Dimensions: Ht. 108 cm X Wdt. 117cm X Length  270cm


 

That ThingThat Thing

Built: August 2012

By: Warren, Ben, Charlotte, Stuart, Barney, Alistar, Alex, Toby

Dimensions: Ht. cm X Wdt. cm X Length  cm


Whaleshark

The Whaleshark

Built/Deployed: 2013

By: Margaux, Fanny, Ben, and others

Dimensions: Ht. 2 m X Wdt. 1.5 m X Length 6 m


spiral rings artificial reef

Spiral Rings Structure

Built/Deployed:2013-ongoing

By:

Dimensions: Ht. cm X Wdt. cm X Length cm


pyramid 1

Pyramid 1

Built/Deployed: April 2014

By:Flo and Pim

Dimensions: Ht. cm X Wdt. cm X Length cm


The shark

The SHark

Built/Deployed: April 2014

By:

Dimensions: Ht. cm X Wdt. cm X Length cm


Acropora Tree

Acropora Tree

Built/Deployed: July 2013

By:

Dimensions: Ht. cm X Wdt. cm X Length cm


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