[Coral-List] Korallionlab : new marine station in the Maldives

korallionlab info at korallionlab.com
Wed Jul 16 07:49:03 EDT 2014



Korallionlab is a new marine station dedicated to coral and marine research
within the Maldives. 


Based on Vavvaru island, Lhaviyani Atoll, in the Indian Ocean, Korallionlab
offers many different reef habitats for potential research projects : from
tracts of reef with ~100% coral cover, patch reefs within the sandy lagoon
and large coral bommies, which are often frequented by manta ray.


There is accommodation for up to twelve researchers at a time, with beach
front huts furnished with beds, showers, toilets and a private deck. 

There is a purpose built wet lab for tank based experiments which has sea
water flow through and a dry lab adjacent with internet connection, kitted
out with high quality research equipment including fluorescence and stereo
microscopes, micro-centrifuges, autoclaves and DNA extraction facilities
(including the ability to make dry ice). 


Korallionlab has two air compressor to fill dive tanks but requests that you
bring your own dive equipment. 

However, the main reef can be easily reached by snorkeling, so the ability
to dive is not essential for your work to be carried out here. 

Local speedboats can be hired for long distance travel to other islands and
atolls as well as three inflatable boats which are free to use within our
own lagoon.


Permits for all types of research can be obtained from the Ministry of
Fishery and Agriculture (MOFA) and we can assist in your permit application
if necessary. 

Specimens export permit can be obtained as well.


For further info please visit our website at www.korallionlab.com or contact
us by email at info at korallionlab.com 

You can also visit our facebook page : Korallionlab research


For a short video on the reefs and marine life please see a video by coral
biologist, Dr Michael Sweet at




Gianni Arlotti

Korallionlab manager director



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