On our recent trip to Grenada to cover the annual Dive Fest activities, we met up with Phil Saye from Dive Grenada and got the chance to chat about his idea to create an artificial reef in shallow water in front of his beachfront dive shop in Grand Anse.
Phil came up with an inexpensive structure that he designed from breeze blocks, and the first two were sunk some 6 years ago. He was told coral would never grow on his concrete pyramids, but now the 30 structures he has sunk support seven species of coral and 30 fish species.
The project is called The Grand Anse Artificial Reef Project (GAARP) and whilst its creator knows it is not the full answer to the issue of coral reef destruction, he is delighted that the site is showing signs of success and has also become a bit of a tourist attraction.
“People have got to know about it and they absolutely love it. They can’t believe that something so shallow – it’s only 3m deep – is working so well!”
To find out more about GAARP you can visit the Facebook page by clicking here.
To find out more about the island of Grenada, please click here.