There are currently two small areas in Sweden that are home to living Lophelia pertusa coral reefs. One is found in the Kosterhavet National Park, while the other is in the Väderöarna Nature Reserve.
There were coral reefs in at least four other locations previously. Artificial reef structures are now going to be deployed in the sea to give our Swedish corals a chance to recover.
“The larvae of Lophelia pertusa are found naturally in our waters, but they need hard surfaces sticking up from the seabed to attach to, letting them thrive and grow into coral reefs,” says Anita Tullrot, Project Manager for LIFE Lophelia at the County Administrative Board of Västra Götaland.