Sustainable Oceans International based in Brighton (Australia), has won a two year contract to help rebuild and restore reefs and fish stocks around Bahrain in the Arabian Gulf.
“This is an exciting win for SOI,” says SOI Director David Lennon who spent his childhood in nearby Saudi Arabia and welcomes the opportunity to help repair the marine environment he grew to love as a kid while there. “This project is a very positive initiative by the Bahrain government.”
The Bahrain project involves the design, construction and monitoring of ten artificial reefs around Bahrain. The reefs will be constructed using four different style concrete reef units, three of which David designed specifically for the Arabian Gulf marine life. In a world first, two of the reef units incorporate local historic architecture in order to provide the suitable holes and swim throughs and surfaces that the target fish require.
SOI’s team recently returned from Bahrain where they completed site surveys, reef design, setting up the construction site to make the reef units and training the local team on how to make them. The next return visit will be in February for the deployment of the first reef.
SOI is a boutique consultancy based in Melbourne however the majority of its work is in the Middle East and Asia.
SOI specialises in helping dredging projects and coastal developments reduce or offset their impacts on natural reefs.
For more information:
David Lennon (Director)
+61 400 520 471