Fourth Biorock Workshop
The Biorock Process or mineral accretion is a revolutionary technology used to grow structures and marine ecosystems in seawater. It provides a cost-effective and sustainable method to accelerate coral growth and increase coral survival particularly in areas where environmental stress has affected existing reefs. Biorock methods can help restore damaged coral reefs and provide building materials from sustainable energy resources for mariculture of corals, oysters, clams, lobsters and fish. When mixed with aggregates, accreted minerals can be used as building components on the sea bottom or on land.
Workshop participants will experience hands-on training in the simple techniques needed to design, construct, maintain and monitor Biorock coral nurseries for reef restoration and will be introduced to basic Biorock technologies useful in the emerging discipline of seascape architecture.
The workshop will be conducted by Dr. Tom Goreau, President, Global Coral Reef
Alliance: Professor Wolf Hilbertz, President of Sun and Sea e.V. as well as
several Biorock project managers and staff. The workshop will be held on Gili
What is a Biorock Reef
Biorock technology applies a safe low-voltage electrical current through seawater, causing dissolved minerals to precipitate onto cathodic surfaces growing into white limestone/brucite structures similar to those that make up coral reefs and nourish tropical white sand beaches. Biorock methods speed up coral growth even where excessive temperatures, pollution, sedimentation and other stress-inducing factors have damaged reefs and other marine habitats.
New Biorock structures are soon populated by a full range of coral reef organisms, including fish, crabs, clams octopus, lobster, sea urchins and barnacles.
For more information on the Biorock process and bios of the workshop organizers please see the Global Coral Reef Alliance website: www.globalcoral.org
Who Should Attend
Dive shop operators, hotel and resort managers, conservation groups, coastal zone managers, fishing communities, marine scientists, mariculturists, tourism agencies, seascape and landscape architects, engineers, artists, government fisheries, environmental, and tourism policy makers, and others who seek the training necessary to design, construct and operate their own Biorock structures for reef restoration, erosion control, tourism, mariculture, remediation or marine science.
Since hands-on, in the water instruction is part of the workshop program, we recommend that participants interested in that portion be experienced, certified divers.
We anticipate attendance from
What You Will Learn
The workshop will be comprised of lectures, slides and videos on the theory and practice of current and past mineral accretion projects and Biorock coral nurseries in Indonesia, Thailand, Papua New Guinea, Maldives, Mexico, Panama, US Virgin Islands, Jamaica, Palau, Seychelles, Saya de Malha, India, Cuba the United States and many other locations.
Participants will receive practical training in design, construction and maintenance of coral nurseries. They will work with local welders, dive shops, fishermen and Pemuteran villagers to construct, deploy and install new coral and fish nurseries. After the workshop there will be an opportunity for participants to apply their knowledge and skills in starting new projects in other parts of Bali, other islands of Indonesia including Lombok and Flores (near the Komodo National Park), or to start projects in their own home sites.
: Registration, Orientation pack, required reading list, Afternoon Tea
Speakers and Guests Dr Jamaluddin Jompa, director
Screening of video “Reef Reborn” an internationally acclaimed documentary on the Pemuteran project directed by Michael Balson produced by New Zealand Natural History Films.
November 14 (Guest Speakers TBA)
Lecture: Global Warming and Coral Reefs. Bottom-Up Community-Based Coral Reef and Fisheries Restoration. Current Coral Reef Restoration technologies.
Introduction of Biorock. Dr. Tom Goreau
Snorkeling/Diving of Trawangan Biorock Structures. Discussion of form and function in reef restoration.
Lecture: . Biorock Theory: Slide and film presentations on the theory of mineral accretion, reef construction, mariculture, seascaping, shore protection, architectural applications. Hands-on methods for reef construction, coral transplantation, and marine pest control. - Professor Wolf Hilbertz
-Introduction of next days activities ie. group formation to develop coral reef restoration project(s). Project choices Biorock, FAD, aquarium fish, erosion protection etc.
– Free time for snorkeling and diving project.
Form into groups to develop coral reef restoration project(s). Group(s) consult with advisors.
Finalizing concept, materials of group(s) restoration projects with Advisors.
Introduction of construction techniques, handling of materials and tools. Organizing materials for project(s).
Commencement of project(s).
Reef construction, deployment, connection of electrodes to power supplies, coral transplantation. Construction documentation on land and underwater. Discussions, screening of videos and still photography. Excursions to points of interest.
Question and answer session, final discussions, problems encountered in reef restoration and solutions. Future directions.
Buffet Dinner, Farewell address
Check out and transfer to next destination.
Workshop Fees (USD)
Corporate and Institutional: $1500
Regional students and faculty should inquire about reduced rates/waivers and stipends
Fees cover boat use, dive tanks, workshop materials
Wetsuits, BCs, regulators, fins
and masks will be available for rent but may be limited. Please bring your own
equipment where possible. (Some international airlines flying to
Hotel Vila Ombak Resort and Spa. www.hotelombak.com
Prices are US $ per person per night, twin share / double, tax and service, inclusive daily buffet breakfast and buffet dinner.
(Lunch and Drinks are not included)
Superior Lumbung with free upgrade to Deluxe Lumbung subject to availability:
Twin Share Double US $45 per person
Single Occupancy US $ 80.00 per person
Deluxe Family Bungalow with free upgrade to Deluxe Ombak Room subject to availability:
Twin Share Double US 55.00 per person
Single Occupancy US $ 100.00 per person
Extra Bed and meals package: Add US $ 30.00 per night. Maximum 1 Extra Bed per room in this category.
Details on budget accommodation options on Gili Trawangan, transfers ex
Registration and Accommodations Contact:
Mr. I. G. Beratha
Telephone: 62 361 742 1165 or 62 361 261 240
Payment: All Major credit cards accepted
A deposit of 20% of the workshop fee is required by
Full payment of workshop fee and accommodation / meals package by
The Global Coral Reef
The Global Coral Reef Alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to growing, protecting and managing the most threatened of all marine ecosystems-coral reefs. GCRA has pioneered methodologies to help reefs survive and recover from diseases and anthropogenic damage caused by excessive nutrients, climate change and physical destruction.
BiorockTM is a trademark of Biorock, Inc. The BiorockTM Process is owned by BiorockTM, Inc.