In a joint rescue operation from the Desert and Marine Environment Association, Ben-Gurion University’s Biology and Marine Biotechnology Program in Eilat, the Eilat Inter-University Institute of Marine Sciences and the Municipality of Eilat, and with the support of leading coral researchers in the country – hundreds of coral fragments from the sand were collected, where they were expected to die and be transferred for restoration until re-planting in the natural reef along the bay.

The lack of activity along the beaches in the shadow of the COVID-19 epidemic has enabled teams to act quickly and efficiently.

When the process is over and the COVID-19 crisis is over, the Eilat Coral Reef, which spans 6.5 km, will be a must-see site for professional and amateur scuba-divers, as well as marine naturalists.