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FEATURE: Reeformers

by Rafael Angouw

Reeformers is an NGO based in Manado, Indonesia, aiming to build new ocean habitats and uplift coastal communities through coral transplantation, cleanups, and eco-dive trips. The initiative was started in December 2021 by Rafael and Ryan Angouw, two brothers who were eager to create a positive impact on marine ecosystems in their hometown. Now, in 2023, Reeformers has over 200 members and volunteers, all dedicated to contributing to the ocean’s sustainability.

 

The organization’s main focus is coral transplantation. Reeformers Reef, the coral transplantation site, has 1,760 coral saplings planted. These coral species were specifically chosen for their resilience to current climate conditions. With this selection, Reeformers is able to build resilient and vigorous ocean habitats.

As a follow-up to the coral transplantation activity, Reeformers also conducts monthly monitoring sessions to ensure the healthy and successful growth of corals. During these sessions, a team of divers measures the growth of corals (height, size, area, branching) as well as water quality data (temperature, salinity, pH, currents, tides, and oceanographic conditions). The team also cleans corals from turf algae, a crucial step for ensuring successful coral growth. If there are any dead corals, they are replaced with new, healthy coral fragments. Additionally, the team documents any new species (biodiversity) in the site and coral recruitment. During the monitoring sessions, volunteers also conduct ocean and beach cleanups.

The Reeformers Eco-Dive trip is a program that gives the public the opportunity to get to know what it is like to become a Reeformers member/volunteer. During the eco-dive trip, guests who sign up get to dive in 2 spots: Reeformers Reef and one of many sides in Bunaken Island. When guests dive in Reeformers Reef, they perform tasks that the volunteers usually do during monitoring sessions such as cleaning corals from turf algae, measuring corals, etc. This program allows non-experienced individuals to get a glimpse of what the marine conservation world looks like.

In terms of impact, Reeformers has become a catalyst for positive change, both environmentally and socially. Reeformers Reef has 107+ new species, 300+ coral recruitment, and absorbs 110+ kgs of carbon dioxide per year. Additionally, it has improved the income of 103+ households in coastal communities.

In terms of impact, Reeformers has become a catalyst for positive change, both environmentally and socially. Reeformers Reef has 107+ new species, 300+ coral recruitment, and absorbs 110+ kgs of carbon dioxide per year. Additionally, it has improved the income of 103+ households in coastal communities.

Reeformers hopes to also inspire other youth around the world to create impact and start acting now. If everyone takes part in environmental conservation, the better chance we have in fighting against climate change!

Interested?

Find them at @reeformers.id on Instagram to connect!
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