Protecting marine life
 
, Posted on 02-Dec-2015


Protecting marine life

A group of enthusiastic students from the British School of Bahrain has created history by becoming the first students in Bahrain to provide a home for marine life in the waters of the Kingdom.

Known as the Eco-Rangers, the group collaborated with a team of marine biologists who represent Reef Arabia, a local, non-profitable organisation. Reef Arabia restores, protects and relocates endangered coral reefs by building nurturing aquatic environments for the marine life that reside both in Bahrain and neighbouring waters.

Established in 2012, Reef Arabia is the first authorised supplier in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) of a wide range of artificial reef units including both licenced Reef Ball units and indigenously produced designs. The British School students visited the company’s facility in Riffa, and met the team there who gave them a short presentation on what they do, as well as a tour of their facility where one of their key projects take place - the manufacturing of aesthetically pleasing artificial reefs designed to suit the local Arabian Gulf ecosystems.

The Eco-Rangers were shown how Reef Arabia installed the first ever 3D printed reef in the world off the shores of Bahrain, as well as a coral nursery which is another first for Bahrain.

Along with the artificial concrete reefs, it is expected that these habitats will help bring back the marine life that once flourished in these waters. The students did their part by making a donation to the organisation, and a specially designed plaque was attached to one of the reef units soon to be submerged off the coast. 

Gloves were donned, and fun was had as they plunged their hands in concrete to help make a few reef units.

The collaboration with Reef Arabia is one of a number of ongoing projects which British School students are involved in. As part of the internationally acclaimed Eco- Schools programme, they learn to nurture, protect and sustain the environment in Bahrain, giving future students, and us all, the opportunity to enjoy and appreciate this unique part of the world. 

 

A group of enthusiastic students from the British School of Bahrain 

A group of enthusiastic students from the British School of Bahrain 

A group of enthusiastic students from the British School of Bahrain