Israelis plant coral on artificial reefs

Wednesday, September 19, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

Israeli experts leading teams of volunteers are busy planting live coral on artificial man-made reefs off the coast of the southern resort city of Eilat this week.

The reefs are being populated with colorful live coral to entice divers away from from the Red Sea's natural reefs, which have suffered severe unintentional damage over the years due to the large amount of visitors.

The new reefs are made of steel and concrete formed into attractive shapes, reported The Jerusalem Post.

Most of the coral planting is being done by local teenagers under the supervision of experts from Ben-Gurion University.

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