[Field mission] Coral transplantation work in Djibouti


To meet the need for drinking water, the Republic of Djibouti, with the support of the European Union, is building a seawater desalination plant in Doraleh. This station will require the completion of marine catchment and disposal at sea structures including a seawater intake pipe and a brine discharge pipe.

An environmental impact study of the desalination plant - carried out in April 2012 - revealed the presence of massive coral organisms on the path of the pipes in the fringing reef. At the request of the companies Eiffage and Cabinet Merlin, an investigation mission was carried out by Creocean in July 2019 to confirm the feasibility of coral transplantation work and to size this work.

In order to preserve the remarkable coral reefs present in the excavation area, coral transplantation work was carried out in November 2019 by Creocean professional biology divers, Elina DELORD, Ken DESLARZES and Olivier LE BRUN. The coral reefs were collected, moved, then fixed on a protected recipient site.

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