The Ocean Trust at Manda Bay14/08/2023
Manda Bay is working hand-in-hand with the environmental conservation organisation, The Ocean Trust, to restore Kenya’s marine health.
The Ocean Trust, founded by Caragh and Andy Roberts’ son and daughter-in-law, is a non-profit organisation whose goal is to restore dying reefs up and down the coast of East Africa, starting in the Lamu Archipelago.
The founders of the Trust and their dedicated team are working to build a coral reef using technical and science-based methods. With expertise from Mars Inc., and in partnership with Oceans Alive and REEFolution they have already planted 120 Reef Stars just offshore of the lodge and planted more than 1,000 fragments of coral to start a new reef. These regenerative Reef Stars are home to at least 15 different species of coral to maximise genetic diversity on the restoration sites.
Coral reefs are the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world and house a quarter of all marine life. Scientists predict by 2043 coral will be practically extinct without intervention – the time to restore the coral reefs and protect this marine environment is now!
As part of the programme, The Ocean Trust is engaging with the local community in and around Lamu to help curb illegal fishing and provide education on the importance and influence of coral reefs. At Manda Bay, guests have the chance to learn firsthand about this important work.
Follow along with the exciting progress by following @TheOceanTrust on Instagram.