Atlant-M Publishes Results of Monitoring of Artificial Reefs, Set Up by Holding in 2007 and 2011 in Koktebel Bay of the Black Sea.
According to the results of bio monitoring held on August 20, 2012, Atlant-M and Twenty Years artificial reefs have been developing successfully, surpassing even the most positive initial forecasts. The new reef has become home to Nereia filiformis, a sea plant entered into the Red Book of Ukraine, another rare plant on the first of the two reefs is Cladostephus verticillatus, also included in the Red Book.
The first branded artificial reef, Atlant-M, (entered into the CIS Book of Records), has been installed in October 2007 at the depth of nine meters in the Koktebel Bay of the Black Sea. After a period of scientific monitoring experts recognized the Atlant-M reef project a success, and a decision was made to develop the project further. To celebrate its 20th anniversary, the Holding set up the Twenty Years Reef in the same area on October 7, 2011.
A recent monitoring of the new reef showed that the reef has become home to Nereia filiformis, another Red Book plant, brown alga, with the mean mass of 62.4 grams per square meter. The reef is inhabited by crab and fish who visit it frequently, filtrator growth has started.
The Atlant-M reef, which is now five years old, looks like a fully-grown green colony with multiple inhabitants. The monitoring had discovered 11 types of algae. The largest biomass has been obtained by brown alga Cystoseira crinita, with 2,864 grams per square meter. Such biomass indicators are practically nowhere to be seen at such depths in the Koktebel Bay or nearby; they are more characteristic of cleaner sea areas. The biomass of perennial brown alga Cladostephus verticillatus reaches 130 grams per square meter, and the biomass of Nereia filiformis – 52.8 grams per square meter; both these algae had been included in the Red Book of Ukraine and the Red Book of the Black Sea.
Atlant-M reef projects help solve one of the most serious Black Sea problems – low ability of the sea ecosystem to cleanse itself, which leads to water pollution and decreasing biodiversity. Artificial reefs that become home to useful sea organisms turn into powerful biofilters that not only improve the quality of sea water but also recreate the ecological balance of the sea.
Alexander Zakletsky, Executive Director and Scientific Advisor of the project, marine ecologist: "Now, after five years of scientific monitoring we can say that Atlant-M reef project has become a very effective way of solving very serious problems of the Black Sea. We recommend setting up artificial reefs near the shoreline, especially in the Crimea area. This measure will help retain and support biodiversity in the Black Sea, and improve the quality of water in recreation areas."
Julia Kazharskaya, Director for Corporate Relations, Atlant-M: "Each responsible automobile driver does care about the environment. We are very happy to see this project succeed and bring positive results, which means that our efforts in the sphere of nature protection are effective."