For years, scientists have been probing the ocean deeps with researches and technologies that would help them allocate ways to save the endangered coral reefs, and now, a solution has come to culmination. As per a recent study, it is proven that when the sound of healthy reefs is played around the dying ones, they can be successfully brought back to life.
The process involved
This process is known as “Acoustic Enrichment” meaning, the dying coral reefs will be restored with their former health when the patches of dead coral are attached with speakers that incessantly emit sounds similar to the living ones. The chief objective here is to attract young fishes to the reefs and refurbish them. The experiment was conducted by positioning the speakers on the vast dead stretches of the Great Barrier Reef, and it was discovered that the reefs started growing in volume.
The number of fishes arriving at the reefs doubled their strength and stayed for long. Fishes are the primary catalyzers when it comes to maintaining a seamless harmony between the coral reefs and their contribution to the ecosystems. Therefore, by encouraging their multiplication, the natural recovery process of the coral reefs can be accelerated, and the damage that we have already caused to the sea’s life can be controlled to an extent.
The changes that it can instill
Researchers have further asserted that the true identity of a healthy coral reef is the distinct cacophony of sounds accompanying it. These trickles stem from the constant snapping of shrimps and the whoops and clanks of the fishes, thereby, making way for a solitary sound profile that helps the coral reefs to thrive even amidst extreme conditions. The young fishes are largely drawn towards these sounds whenever they are looking for a safe shelter.
Environmental studies have confirmed that the entire food chain which thrives around the sea bed, such as the detritivores, planktivores, herbivores, and predatory piscivores, are inevitably linked with the coral reefs. Hence, their wellbeing is essential to open doors for a productive marine life.
As per the statements of the fish biologist, Mark Meekan, based in the Australian Institute of Marine Science, the fishes won’t bring back the life of the coral reefs automatically. However, it would positively speed up their recovery, therefore, implying it with enough space and cleanliness for the corals to regrow.
Scientists are positive about the prospects that acoustic enrichment promise to bring along; if all the guidelines of habitat restoration are followed with utmost sincerity. It will enhance the procedures of marine conservation, particularly the coral reefs, and leave a positive impact on the repercussions of climate change, pollution initiated by plastic and over-fishing.