Bali Corals "Jolted" Back to Life

Bali Corals
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Members of the organization Reef Gardeners of Pemuteran inspect solar panels used to feed electricity to coral reefs in the Pemuteran Bay in Bali, Indonesia on December 4, 2007.

Diving instructor Chris Brown established the Reef Gardeners, a group of local villagers trained in coral reef maintenance.

The cables from the solar panels feed low-voltage electricity to metal structures in shape of domes or greenhouses submerged in the bay.

The energy helps the weakened coral to grow.

The program is part of a wider effort to save the coral, which has been damaged by rising sea temperatures and harmful fishing techniques.

But funding has been a problem: only a third of the hundred cables that have been installed are working due to maintenance difficulties, Rani Morrow-Wuigk, an Australian-German who supports the project, told the Associated Press news agency.

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