Students watch reef balls for signs of life


Graduate student Valerie Mucciarelli (environmental studies, right) and fellow UVic student and dive instructor Jennifer Demedeiros are involved in creating and monitoring artificial reefs made of specially-designed hollow concrete “reef balls” east of Ogden Point in Victoria. Mucciarelli launched her master’s project on June 28 with the sinking of 100 of these balls 30 to 50 metres to the bare ocean floor to create several reefs. The reef balls will attract a wide variety of marine life and, over the next year, Mucciarelli and other volunteers will be diving and photographing the reefs and studying the growth and development of various marine species in this new habitat. 

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