Shipwrecks as Artificial Reef Structures


Shipwrecks as Artificial Reef Structures

Shipwrecks as Artificial Reef Structures 2048 2560 Ocean Decade

Lead institution:

Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) – Germany

The project aims to evaluate the role of shipwrecks as artificial reef structures for marine and coastal communities in Sri Lanka.

The biological value of shipwrecks is determined by its importance for species recruitment, food source, biodiversity, and sheltered habitat. Further investigation into the role of shipwrecks in the marine environment is required to identify their ecosystem services for marine and coastal areas. The shipwrecks will be evaluated from an ecological, historical, and socio-economic standpoint to understand their value for the development of marine communities, their support for local fisheries and tourism, and as a tool for sustainable marine resource management.

This is an opportunity to strengthen scientific relations between Germany and Sri Lanka and cooperate on a novel field of research. Literature on the role of shipwrecks in Sri Lanka is limited and this project would be a valuable contribution to the protection of these cultural heritage sites.

This project is hosted by the Ocean Decade Programme Cultural Heritage Framework Programme.

Start Date: 01/08/2024
End Date: 01/08/2027

Lead Contact: Oscar Puebla (

challenges: 2- Protect and restore ecosystems and biodiversity, 9- Capacity Development, 10- Behaviour Change
ocean_basins: Indian Ocean
type_of_action: Project


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