The Living Oceans Foundation conducted coral reef research missions at Ras Al-Qasabah, an inlet in the northern corner of the Red Sea near the Straits of Tiran. The goals of this work were to map and characterize coral reefs east of Ras Al-Qasabah, focusing on marine habitats around the islands of Al Farshah, Umm Qusur, and Buran. This project is one component of the large-scale marine habitat assessment to assess all of the coral reefs along the Saudi Arabian Red Sea coastline.
From this research, we created extensive and detailed maps of coral reef and shallow-water marine habitats in the Saudi Arabian Red Sea, which can be found on our World Reef Map. A summary of our research in this region was published in the Atlas of Saudi Arabian Red Sea Marine Habitats.