Prince inaugurates an artificial reef in tribute to Albert Falco
The Prince took part on October 27 in the inauguration ceremony of an artificial reef, in tribute to Albert Falco, Captain Cousteau’s second in command.
Artificial reefs allow underwater flora and fauna to take back their rightful place. On October 27, a structure measuring 3 x 3 meters and 10 tonnes was laid at a depth of 18 meters in the Larvotto reserve.
During the inauguration ceremony, the Prince paid tribute to Albert Falco, Captain Cousteau’s second in command and pioneer of underwater exploration. A commemorative plaque on the South Digue of the Larvotto Complex now serves as a memorial to the oceanaut who died in 2012.
A welcome refuge for fish, shellfish and crustaceans
The artificial reef was designed by Pierre Frolla, in partnership with the Environment Department and the 3D printing company Xtree. Made of raw concrete, it is designed to have no negative impact on ocean life and to become covered over time with algae and corals.
The Principality is very involved in funding and research on artificial reefs, a real hope for safeguarding underwater biodiversity. These structures installed at the bottom of the sea provide a vital habitat for fish, moray eels, octopus and crustaceans. The many corners serve as shelters and haunts for living species.
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