Sanganeb Atoll has a highly diverse coral reef assemblage that attracts large numbers of European divers each year. Situated in the open sea, the atoll is largely unaffected by pollution, but is under pressure from the collection of marine ornamentals, anchor damage and other disturbances associated with a high tourist turnover. Control measures to prevent further disturbances to the habitat from anchor damage and physical contact from divers have been deemed essential by the managing authority.
In support, ICRAN are working alongside the Regional Organisation for the Conservation of the Environment of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden (PERSGA), and the African Parks Conservation, to develop and implement a mooring buoy installation programme, in two marine protected areas in the Red Sea State of Sudan; Sanganeb Atoll and Dungonab Bay and Mukkawar Island.
Consultations have been conducted with the Cousteau Society and representatives of the tourist diving industry, to define an appropriate mooring system. African Parks Conservation are working with partners to improve the sustainability of mooring installation and management in the area, expand the geographic scope of the activities, and to develop a maintenance and monitoring strategy.