Up close and beautiful A colony of Mushroom Corals, Fungia, at Perhentian Islands, Malaysia. Numbers in the wild will be increased through propagation.Healthy coral reefs are characterized by high biodiversity. Global warming, overfishing, destructive fishing, and tourism are destroying these important communities.A huge Turbinaria coral with a background of a swirling school of fish. Fish and corals are interdependent. Research shows that removing the fish kills these corals that depend on catching the “fallout” from the school above.A super-macro view of a staghorn coral, Acropora, shows the fine skeletal structure and distribution of symbiotic algae within the delicate coral tissue. This photograph employs special photographic techniques developed by Fizzy as part of their coral identification projects.An “over-under” photo of Perhentian Reef and our base at Alunan Resort. This field of massive Porites corals has survived coral bleaching and tourism. Replacing a community like this would take several hundred years.Our earliest reef research began at Heron Island on the Great Barrier Reef. This led to the discovery back in 1982 that exploited coral reef communities have a “tipping point” from which recovery is unlikely. It was not until the late 1990’s that the concept became doctrine in reef management. Today, Heron Island is badly damaged by recent coral bleaching. If the “tipping point” has been crossed, the reef may never return to its earlier state.The spectacular Tubastrea coccinea usually “hides” in caves and under ledges. Unfortunately, it is now an invasive species in the Caribbean.Discarded fishing nets damage coral and ensnare small reef animals for years after they are thrown away. The continued catching of marine life by nets is called “ghost fishing”.Healthy coral communities are reduced to rubble in seconds by dynamite fishing or “fish bombing”. Although prohibited in most countries there is little policing. As fish stocks fall, fishermen turn to dynamite to catch the remaining few. Now a desert, it is unlikely to produce any fish in the future.Photos: stopfishbombing.com Permission has been sought but no reply received.The song says, “We always hurt the one we love.” Here tourists stand on delicate corals while they chat about how beautiful the reef is. Broken coral fragments are collected by our team and replanted to our coral nursery in Perhentian Marine Park. Education is the answer.Dive operators try to prevent this behaviour through education. Our collaboration with Malaysia’s Universal Divers has replaced destructive practices with the sustainable practices of coral transplanting and nursery maintenance.Is this one of the last photos of the most endangered environment on the planet? Perhentian’s reef has looked like this for about 6,000 years. In the last 25 years nearly 50% has been destroyed.Shallow water corals are most at risk from tourist damage.Collected broken pieces can be transplanted to our nursery. Rapid attachment and growth are achieved with Fizzy’s Compound 7 giving coral transplants a head start in reef recovery.Collected broken pieces can be transplanted to our nursery. Rapid attachment and growth are achieved with Fizzy’s Compound 7 giving coral transplants a head start in reef recovery.Three year old ‘research corals’ are quick to establish interdependent fish communities.A “fish-eye view” (what else) of the first transplants of broken coral to Fizzy’s Perhentian Coral Nursery. Stage 2 of “Project Blue” will produce 10,000 small colonies per year.Resort guests are eager to participate in the Coral Nursery. Fizzy connects education with conservation.Resort guests are eager to participate in the Coral Nursery. Fizzy connects education with conservation.During our first year of operation, we couldn’t manufacturethe transplantation bases quickly enough to meet guest needs and enthusiasm.The concrete bases of our Perhentian Coral Nursery are cast, transported, and installed by our Malaysian associate Oceanaut Marine Sdn Bhd. Barges, cranes, and an experienced team mean that reef rehabilitation projects can be efficiently carried out throughout S.E. Asia.Coral loves Compound 7. In only 8 months a tiny coral fragment that would have died is ready to be transplanted to the reef.Coral loves Compound 7. In only 8 months a tiny coral fragment that would have died is ready to be transplanted to the reef.Coral planulae settle sooner and can grow in diameter more quickly on Compound 7. Reef rehabilitation is much faster with our proprietary processes.Corals settled on Compound 7 treated surfaces have been able to survive heavy siltation. This trial was carried out at our Datai Bay nursery in Langkawi where the 2004 Tsunami badly damaged the reef.The beautiful Shark Point at Perhentian Marine Park. Full rehabilitation of the damage done by bleaching and dynamite fishing will take a generation before it looks like this. What a wonderful gift for our children!A young Oceanic Whitetip Shark swims over a deep water Mushroom Coral colony at Perhentian marine Park. In the 1950’s it was thought to be the most numerous large vertebrate on Earth; today it is an IUCN Threatened Species.