Tom Goreau, June 16 2016

I’ve been diving from small boats in waves for some 60 years, but I had never ever seen anyone instantly flood a boat like today on a remote reef in Vanuatu, South Pacific. An “interesting” day in the sense of the ancient Chinese curse: “May you live in interesting times!” (unpredictable, dangerous, to be avoided at all costs). I’ve come close to death too often diving coral reefs all over the world, but this one cleared the mind. I’m constantly asked if I’m on Facebook/Twitter/Blog? No thanks, until now! Hence: Blog 1: Surviving a shipwreck, the first of an episodic blog of events from the front line of saving coral reefs.

In the morning, after getting another Biorock Coral Reef Ark under power at Gid
eon’s Landing, Havannah Harbour, northwest Efate, Vanuatu (video and community-based Vanuatu Coral Reef Restoration Workshop Preliminary Report will be posted here soon), we went across the island to Eratap on the southeast side. I had been asked to look at local reefs by villagers and the owners of a resort, worried about sudden recent coral death. The local boatman who takes tourists snorkeling began seeing corals turn pale in April, was extremely alarmed, and reported to local hotel owners that the corals were dead and the reefs were finished. Coral bleaching (generally confused with dead coral) is a sign of severe high temperature stress; bleached corals are still alive, but one step short of dying. If high temperature decreases quickly, they will mostly survive, but if stays hot or gets hotter, most will die, up to 99% in severe events.

I had predicted bleaching in Vanuatu in April from the HotSpot satellite temperature data, but was unable to get any information until I dived myself two days ago and saw that Vanuatu was recovering from a strong mass-bleaching event in the last three months, with mortality ranging from low to moderately high at various sites. But all my reef dive sites, including lagoon and open ocean reefs, were on the lee side of the island, so I was eager to see the windward reefs.

Time was short, with several sites to check, only enough for snorkeling quickly from a boat, so we jumped into a small boat and headed first for the most remote outermost reef crest before comparing them to nearshore reefs and assessing their restoration potentials. The regular boatman, who knew the reef inside out for 30 years, was off, and it was quickly clear that the substitute had no idea where anything was. To get to open sea we had to go through a shallow mangrove lagoon, then around an island out a shallow pass, and he clearly had no idea where the passes were opposed to coral, rock, sand, or mud banks. Wave surge was foaming over the reef crest, but they were no big deal, I’ve been diving from small boats in rougher waves and wind all of my life, so we didn’t hesitate to head across the crest to look at the exposed fore reef. Then the boatman did something so incredibly stupid I’d never seen it before in all my life: instead of cresting the waves with the bow he turned the boat broadside to the waves right on top of the reef crest and instantly swamped the boat!

In a second the boat was full of water, we were lucky not to flip over, but the engine stalled, leaving us broadside to the waves. There were no oars and nothing at all in the boat to bail with except my mask. I began bailing furiously, but water was coming in 20 times faster. The boatman jumped off the boat, swam to collect his floating flip-flops, and then started swimming for the nearest island. We had a few perilous inches of free board, but managed to get the engine started, and turned the boat around without tipping it over, though it was very close with every wave. Waves were coming in faster than we could bail, so we ran the boat aground on the first small rocky island before it could sink. The boat was full of water and broadside to waves on the rocks, so we had to jump on the rocks and try to manhandle the boat away from the rocks so it was not smashed. Standing barefoot on the rocks in pounding waves we managed to push it off and work it around to patch of sand where we could beach it on a small island, a sand bar in the lee of a rock. Had the rocks been inhabited by sea urchins it would have been impossible. By sheer luck nobody was hurt or killed. I later learned one of our crew couldn’t swim!

We were completely out of sight of anyone, a mangrove island lay between our sand bank and the shore, but fortunately after a while a small fishermen’s boat appeared far away, came when they saw us waving and yelling, and rescued us. The fishermen took us back, and then carried a bucket back to our shipwrecked crew to bail it out and tow it back. We had to rush immediately to look at two more sites where villagers were worried about reef decline and want to grow more corals. And then I gave a lecture on the past, present, and future of Vanuatu coral reefs at the Vanuatu Environment Science Society.

East Quogue Civic Association Meeting To Discuss ‘The Hills’ Turns To Screaming Match

Bahamas, Cervino, Goreau, GCRA, phosphorous , nitrogen,  Great Guana Cay,  Discovery Land,
Dr. James Cervino

By Amanda Bernocco

Accusations, denials, gag orders and shouting—all were part of Saturday’s East Quogue Civic Association meeting.

The CAC gathering was originally scheduled so that New York City-based marine scientist Dr. James M. Cervino could share his own study’s conclusions: that nitrogen and phosphorous from a luxury golf course resort built in the Bahamas a decade earlier by Discovery Land Company, the same firm looking to build a similar development in East Quogue, has damaged a nearby reef. Saturday’s meeting took a turn toward the tense when supporters of the local project showed up to defend the developer.

As part of his hour-long presentation, Dr. Cervino shared a photograph of the coral reef that he said was taken near Discovery Land’s Baker’s Bay Golf and Ocean Club in the Bahamas—a complex that features 125 homes, 240 estate lots, and an 18-hole golf course on 585 acres located on the island of Great Guana Cay—before ground was broken on the project. The reef in the photo was brightly colored and did not show any evident signs of damage.

Then Dr. Cervino showed a second picture of the same reef that he said was taken after the development and golf course were built; the reef in the photograph was covered in what appeared to be a layer of fuzz.

“You don’t need to be a scientist to determine what is happening here,” Dr. Cervino said while working the slide machine, adding that the fuzz in the second photo means that the reef is diseased.

“I knew it was going to happen,” he said, referring to damage to the coral reef, while explaining his interest in the Discovery Land project. “So I said, ‘Let me get to the crime scene before the crime.’”

Mark Hissey, vice president for Arizona-based Discovery Land, which is now seeking a special change of zone from the Southampton Town Board in order to build a similar 118-home luxury resort featuring an 18-hole golf course on nearly 600 acres in East Quogue, attended Saturday’s meeting, held inside the hamlet’s elementary school. He maintained that Dr. Cervino’s presentation was skewed, adding that his company’s development—particularly, the golf course—is not responsible for the damage to the nearby coral reef.

“Frankly, it was filled with inaccuracies and distortions,” Mr. Hissey said of Dr. Cervino’s presentation.

Dr. Cervino defended his research, noting that other scientists—including Dr. Thomas Goreau, president of Global Coral Reef Alliance, a nonprofit dedicated to growing, protecting and managing coral reefs, and Brian Lapointe, principal investigator and research professor at Florida Atlantic University—support his allegations.

Dr. Goreau and Dr. Lapointe did not attend Saturday’s meeting. But Dr. Goreau wrote a letter that was read aloud during Saturday’s meeting, which attracted about 100 people, in which he pointed out that he was wrongly listed as a key contact on Discovery Land’s environmental impact statement for the Baker’s Bay golf course—a mistake later acknowledged by Mr. Hissey.

“My name was used without my permission or knowledge, which I totally reject,” Dr. Goreau wrote in his statement. “I have studied the Discovery Land Company on-site for 10 years, and I would like to comment on my reports.”

He went on to explain how the coral reef in Guana Cay was tested before Baker’s Bay was built, and that the testing continued in the years after construction began. Like Dr. Cervino, Dr. Goreau said the health of the coral reef severely declined after the golf course was built.

Ron Kass of East Quogue, who opposes Discovery Land’s plan for his hometown, also shared an email at Saturday’s meeting that he said was written by Dr. Kathleen Sealey, a professor from the University of Miami who served on Discovery Land’s Environmental Assessment and Environmental Management Team from 2004 until 2007, when her contract ended, according to Mr. Hissey.

In her email, which was read by Marissa Bridge of East Quogue, Dr. Sealey said that Discovery Land did not follow her plans or recommendations.

“As a Bahamian citizen (with dual U.S. citizenship), I am even more embarrassed that the government of the Bahamas did not enforce the Heads of Agreement and the original environmental management plan,” Dr. Sealey wrote. “In my opinion, [Discovery Land Company] did not act in good faith on their agreements, and actively tried to subvert the monitoring protocols and government site visits.

“I am deeply saddened that [Baker’s Bay] turned out to be so destructive to the island of Guana Cay,” she continued. “This is not the way the project started in 2004.”

After emailing Mr. Kass, Dr. Sealey received a letter from Robert K. Adams, partner at Graham Thompson, a law office in the Bahamas that is representing Discovery Land in its Baker’s Bay project. In the letter. Mr. Adams states that Dr. Sealey’s email to Mr. Kass made “serious defamatory allegations against Discovery in connection with” the Baker’s Bay development.

The letter demanded that Dr. Sealey, and the University of Miami, stop publishing or republishing letters about the developer without Discovery Land’s prior review and approval. Mr. Adams also demanded a public apology from Dr. Sealey and also wants her to pay the developer damages and legal fees.

East Quogue Civic Association President Al Algieri, who organized Saturday’s meeting, then stood up and announced that Dr. Sealey could not offer additional information due to the letter from Mr. Adams, a copy of which was provided to The Press. “The truth is out—but you can’t hear it,” Mr. Algieri said.

This week, Mr. Hissey said that Dr. Sealey had, in fact, complied with the developer’s demands and both retracted her comments and issued a public apology to Discovery Land.

During Saturday’s meeting, Mr. Kass and several other attendees asked Dr. Livingston Marshall, senior vice president of environmental community affairs at Baker’s Bay, who showed up with other project supporters, why his company is threatening a scientist who is critical of their project.

Dr. Marshall said that Dr. Sealey was never threatened, but he said he could understand “her being terrified, because it was a very, very serious matter, which I explained to her. That it was a serious matter.”

On Tuesday, Mr. Hissey said he was disappointed to hear an allegation that Dr. Sealey was threatened. “I think Ron Kass’s accusation toward Dr. Marshall—I think it was completely out of order,” he said. “Dr. Marshall never threatened Dr. Sealey. And for him to make comments like that in public is absolutely shameful.”

Saturday’s meeting briefly turned into a shouting match when supporters of Discovery Land’s East Quogue project, dubbed “The Hills at Southampton,” entered the elementary school, some wearing shirts featuring the words “The Hills.” At that point, several attendees, including Mr. Kass, started asking the Discovery Land representatives questions about the company’s resort in the Bahamas—namely, if the golf course at Baker’s Bay played a role in damaging the coral reef.

“My answer to what you say is, ‘No,’” Dr. Marshall said.

His response prompted several minutes of shouting as attendees fought to be heard over each other. The exchanges spurred Mr. Algieri to grab the microphone and announce that officials representing Discovery Land were not welcome at his meeting.

“It’s obvious that Discovery Land, that had a breakfast this morning, has sent over a number of people, not to ask questions but to make statements that may not be true,” Mr. Algieri said. “Everyone can speak, but if you came to make a statement because you work or have some association with Discovery Land, you are in the wrong place.”

At 9 a.m.—about an hour before the CAC meeting began—Discovery Land served breakfast and held an informational meeting about its East Quogue project at the New Moon Cafe on Main Street, about a half mile away from the elementary school. Discovery Land’s meeting was originally scheduled for 10 a.m.—the exact same time as the civic’s meeting—but several days before the event the developer ended up pushing up the start time of its meeting by an hour.

In addition to blaming the golf course for damaging the reef, Dr. Cervino said he believes that harmful red and brown algae now appearing in the water near the Baker’s Bay golf course can be traced back to the nitrogen coming from the golf course that is located “a football’s throw away” from the pollution he has observed.

“It’s a no-brainer,” Dr. Cervino said. “No scientist can debate this. Add nitrogen into the water and this is what you get.”

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This Coral Restoration Technique Is ‘Electrifying’ a Balinese Village

The technique is also changing attitudes and inspiring locals to preserve their natural treasures 
Under the waters in Pemuteran, in Bali, this structure might be helping restore a coral reef. (Rani Morrow-Wuigk)

As you walk the beach in Pemuteran, a tiny fishing village on the northwest coast of Bali, Indonesia, be careful not to trip on the power cables snaking into the turquoise waves. At the other end of those cables are coral reefs that are thriving with a little help from a low-voltage electrical current.

These electrified reefs grow much faster, backers say. The process, known as Biorock, could help restore these vital ocean habitats at a critical time. Warming waters brought on by climate change threaten many of the world’s coral reefs, and huge swaths have bleached in the wake of the latest El Niño.

Skeptics note that there isn’t much research comparing Biorock to other restoration techniques. They agree, however, that what’s happening with the people of Pemuteran is as important as what’s going on with the coral.

Dynamite and cyanide fishing had devastated the reefs here. Their revival could not have succeeded without a change in attitude and the commitment of the people of Pemuteran to protect them.

A Pemuteran resident assembles one of the Biorock reef restoration structures. (Rani Morrow-Wuigk)

Pemuteran is home to the world’s largest Biorock reef restoration project. It began in 2000, after a spike in destructive fishing methods had ravaged the reefs, collapsed fish stocks and ruined the nascent tourism industry.  A local scuba shop owner heard about the process and invited the inventors, Tom Goreau and Wolf Hilbertz, to try it out in the bay in front of his place.

Herman was one of the workers who built the first structure. (Like many Indonesians, he goes by just one name.) He was skeptical.

“How (are we) growing the coral ourselves?” he wondered. “What we know is, this belongs to god, or nature. How can we make it?”

A coral reef is actually a collection of tiny individuals called polyps. Each polyp lays down a layer of calcium carbonate beneath itself as it grows and divides, forming the reef’s skeleton. Biorock saves the polyps the trouble. When electrical current runs through steel under seawater, calcium carbonate forms on the surface. (The current is low enough that it won’t hurt the polyps, reef fish or divers.)

Hilbertz, an archihtect, patented the Biorock process in the 1970s as a way to build underwater structures. Coral grows on these structures extremely well. Polyps attached to Biorock take the energy they would have devoted to building calcium carbonate skeletons and apply it toward growing, or warding off diseases.

Hilbertz’s colleague Goreau is a marine scientist, and he put Biorock to work as a coral-restoration tool. The duo says that electrified reefs grow from two to six times faster than untreated reefs, and survive high temperatures and other stresses better.

Herman didn’t believe it would work. But, he says, he was “just a worker. Whatever the boss says, I do.”

So he and some other locals bought some heavy cables and a power supply. They welded some steel rebar into a mesh frame and carried it into the bay. They attached pieces of living coral broken off other reefs. They hooked it all up. And they waited.

Within days, minerals started to coat the metal bars. And the coral they attached to the frame started growing.

“I was surprised,” Herman says. “I said, damn! We did this!”

“We started taking care of it, like a garden,” he adds. “And we started to love it.”

Now, there are more than 70 Biorock reefs around Pemuteran, covering five acres of ocean floor.

(Rani Morrow-Wuigk)

But experts are cautious about Biorock’s potential. “It certainly does appear to work,” says Tom Moore, who leads coral restoration work in the U.S. Caribbean for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

However, he adds, “what we’ve been lacking, and what’s kept the scientific community from embracing it, is independent validation.” He notes that nearly all the studies about Biorock published in the scientific literature are authored by the inventors themselves.

And very little research compares growth rates or long-term fitness of Biorock reefs to those restored by other techniques. Moore’s group has focused on restoring endangered staghorn and elkhorn corals. A branch snipped off these types will grow its own branches, which themselves can be snipped and regrown.

He says they considered trying Biorock, but with the exponential expansion they were doing, “We were growing things plenty fast. Growing them a little faster wasn’t going to help us.”

Plus, the need for a constant power supply limits Biorock’s potential, he adds. But climate change is putting coral reefs in such dire straits that Biorock may get a closer look, Moore says.

The two endangered corals his group works on “are not the only two corals in the [Caribbean] system. They’re also not the only two corals listed under the Endangered Species Act. We’ve had the addition of a number of new corals in the last two years.” These slower-growing corals are harder to propagate.

“We’re actively looking for new techniques,” Moore adds. That includes Biorock. “I want to keep a very much open mind.”

But there’s one thing he’s sure about. “Regardless of my skepticism of whether Biorock is any better than any of the other techniques,” he says, “it’s engaging the community in restoration. It’s changing value sets. [That’s] absolutely critical.”

earthday_and_school_children_from_pemuteran.jpg__800x450_q85_crop_upscaleYayasan Karang Lestari Pemuteran, the local nonprofit that works with the creators of Biorock, also makes environmental education a priority. (Rani Morrow-Wuigk)

Pemuteran was one of Bali’s poorest villages. Many depend on the ocean for subsistence. The climate is too dry to grow rice, the national staple. Residents grow corn instead, but “only one time a year because we don’t get enough water,” says Komang Astika, a dive manager at Pemuteran’s Biorock Information Center, whose parents are farmers. “Of course it will not be enough,” he adds.

Chris Brown, a computer engineer, arrived in Pemuteran in 1992 in semi-retirement. He planned to, as he put it, trade in his pinstripe suit for a wetsuit and become a dive instructor.

There wasn’t much in Pemuteran back then. Brown says there were a couple good reefs offshore, “but also a lot of destruction going on, with dynamite fishing and using potassium cyanide to collect aquarium fish.” A splash of the poison will stun fish. But it kills many more, and it does long-lasting damage to the reef habitat.

When he spotted fishermen using dynamite or cyanide, he’d call the police. But that didn’t work too well at first, he says.

“In those days the police would come and hesitantly arrest the people, and the next day they’d be [released] because the local villagers would come and say, ‘that’s my family. You’ve got to release them or we’ll [protest].’”

But Brown spent years getting to know the people of Pemuteran. Over time, he says, they grew to trust him. He remembers a pivotal moment in the mid-1990s. The fisheries were collapsing, but the local fishermen didn’t understand why. Brown was sitting on the beach with some local fishermen, watching some underwater video Brown had just shot.

One scene showed a destroyed reef. It was “just coral rubble and a few tiny fish swimming around.” In the next scene, “there’s some really nice coral reefs and lots of fish. And I’m thinking, ‘Oh no, they’re going to go out and attack the areas of good coral because there’s good fish there.’”

That’s not what happened.

“One of the older guys actually said, ‘So, if there’s no coral, there’s no fish. If there’s good coral, there’s lots of fish.’ I said, ‘Yeah.’ And he said, ‘So we’d better protect the good coral because we need more fish.’

“Then I thought, ‘These people aren’t stupid, as many people were saying. They’re just educated differently.’”

pejalang.jpg__800x450_q85_crop_upscaleLocals formed a coast guard to protect their reefs after they started to understand the connection between healthy reefs and healthy fish. (Rani Morrow-Wuigk)

It wasn’t long before the people of Pemuteran would call the police on destructive fishermen.

But sometimes, Brown still took the heat.

Once, when locals called the police on cyanide fishers from a neighboring village, Brown says, people from that village “came back later with a big boat full of people from the other village wielding knives and everything and yelling, ‘Bakar, bakar!’ which means ‘burn, burn.’ They wanted to burn down my dive shop.”

But the locals defended Brown. “They confronted these other [fishermen] and said, ‘It wasn’t the foreigner who called the police. It was us, the fishermen from this village. We’re sick and tired of you guys coming in and destroying [the reefs].’”

That’s when local dive shop owner Yos Amerta started working with Biorock’s inventors. The turnaround was fast, dramatic and effective. As the coral grew, fish populations rebounded. And the electrified reefs drew curious tourists from around the world.

One survey found that “forty percent of tourists visiting Pemuteran were not only aware of village coral restoration efforts, but came to the area specifically to see the rejuvenated reefs,” according to the United Nations Development Program. The restoration work won UNDP’s Equator Prize in 2012, among other accolades.

Locals are working as dive leaders and boat drivers, and the new hotels and restaurants offer another market for the locals’ catch.

“Little by little, the economy is rising,” says the Biorock Center’s Astika. “[People] can buy a motorbike, [children] can go to school. Now, some local people already have hotels.”

Herman, who helped build the first Biorock structure, now is one of those local hotel owners. He says the growing tourism industry has helped drive a change in attitudes among the people in Pemuteran.

“Because they earn money from the environment, they will love it,” he says.

Original Article:

To rebuild coral reefs quickly, just add electricity


Biorock reefs — sunken steel frames connected to a low-voltage current — are giving coral a second chance at surviving humanity.

May 27, 2016, 3:12 p.m. MICHAEL D’ESTRIES


Biorock reefs may offer a speedy solution to giving young coral reefs some much-needed protection against climate change. (Photo: Global Coral Reefs Alliance/Eunjae Im)

You may have heard that coral reefs are in trouble. Serious trouble. A recent survey of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, the largest living structure on the planet, found 93 percent of the coral has been impacted by bleaching; a stark warning sign that the ecosystem is under tremendous environmental stresses.

The potential underwater losses are so great, encompassing an area of the size of Scotland, that one leading coral researcher is already calling it the country’s “biggest ever environmental disaster.

With the clock ticking, the race is on to find innovative ways to counter the mass deaths of coral reefs worldwide. The most obvious solution is to stop dumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere to avoid a future of hotter, more acidic oceans. Scientists are also targeting so-called “super corals” in an effort to mass produce species more resistant to climate change. The third involves rebuilding coral reefs using steel frames and, most surprising, a steady current of electricity.

Called “Biorocks,” these steel-framed structures can sometimes appear to be more akin to an underwater art project than a coral incubator. The steel can take on any shape, but the most important piece of the puzzle is the low-voltage electricity coursing through the frame. The idea, patented in 1979, is the brainchild of marine scientist Wolf Hilbertz and marine biologist Thomas J. Goreau. Together, the pair discovered that an electric current passed through sea water creates a chemical reaction that results in a coating of limestone minerals similar in composition to the natural ones created by young coral.

“These currents are safe to humans and all marine organisms,” explains the Gili Eco Trust, a non-profit that has setup over 100 Biorock structures around islands in Indonesia. “There is no limit in principle to the size or shape of Biorock structures, they could be grown hundreds of miles long if funding allowed. The limestone is the best substrate for hard coral.”

The video below shows how a Biorock structure is made and installed on a coral reef.

Once a Biorock structure is submerged, organizers transplant broken fragments of live coral (often ripped from reefs by strong waves, anchors or other forces) and attach them to the frame. Electricity is provided by either an underwater cable from shore or from floating solar panels. Reef-building groups are also starting to experiment with wave-generation to power the frames. Once turned on, it only takes a matter of days before the structure is covered in a thin layer of limestone. Within months, the coral has taken hold and begins to flourish.

“No one believes what we do is possible until they see it themselves,” co-inventor Thomas Goreau told Gaia Discovery. “Growing bright coral reefs swarming with fish in a few years in places that were barren deserts is something everybody thinks can’t be done, but has been done in nearly 30 countries with only small donations, mostly from local people who remember how their reef used to be and realize they must grow more corals now.”

In the video below, one such local in Bali takes us on a dive and explains how he nurtures coral growth around a Biorock.

According to the Global Coral Reef Alliance, a non-profit of which Goreau is the president, Biorock reefs not only help speed the growth of coral, but also make them more resistant to stress-inducing temperature and acidity increases.

So why hasn’t more of the marine science community shifted to rebuilding coral reefs using the Biorock method? The first reason has to do with feasibility, since it’s not always easy to run a low-voltage cable from shore to the reef. Thanks to the rise of solar and tidal energy solutions, this obstacle has become less of a problem. The second, according to one marine scientist, has to do with an absence of published studies showing the process is actually worth pursuing.

“It certainly does appear to work,” Tom Moore, a coral restoration coordinator at the the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration, told Smithsonian Magazine. He added that the scientific community has been slow to embrace over the lack of independent validation. That said, and with coral reefs around the world facing worse odds as the years tick by, Moore says he’ll like give the process a try.

“We’re actively looking for new techniques,” he added. “I want to keep a very much open mind.”

Original article: Mother Nature Network


We live underwater (How we built our own reef)

Giving Coral Reefs a new chance

“We live underwater” success in 2015 and plans for 2016
In 2015, we released our short film about coral reef restoration in Indonesia. The film documents planning, building and sinking the reef and explains the amazing Biorock® technology, where low voltage electricity is used to enhance coral growth and health. In case you haven’t seen our film, you can watch it here:

We were back at the reef in December last year – check out how amazing it looks after only 12 months:

Film Festivals
Our film has been screened on various film festivals, including the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival in New York, which we were able to attend to spread the idea of coral reef restoration.

Furthermore, “We live underwater” has been awarded:

Best Theme at the Kolkotta International Wildlife & Environment Film Festival
Best Direction at Silently Short Underwater Movie Festival Belgrade

We are so honoured!

Screenings / presentations in 2016
The new year holds some more festival screenings for us, and hopefully some more awards! If you live nearby, you can watch our film on a big screen at these festivals:

February, 15 – 21, 2016: Wild Film Fest, Falmouth, UK
March 10 – 13, 2016: San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival

We will also hold a presentation about the Biorock® technology at the
Frankfurt Zoologische Gesellschaft:
March, 2, 2016: Kleiner Saal, Zoogesellschaftshaus (6 p.m.)

We still need to help coral reefs in 2016
It is most important to us to get the word out about coral reefs in peril, and that there is a way to help them! The news are full with reports about this year’s incredibly strong El Niño weather effect, the rising sea temperatures and the mass coral bleaching it is already causing on reefs worldwide. The Biorock® technology poses fabulous possibilities to help damaged reefs quickly and to restore whole coral areas. We need to save coral reefs to keep the oceans and the planet healthy.

Having seen the amazing success of Biorocks® with our own eyes, our plans for 2016 are to realize more coral restoration projects and workshops to help stressed or damaged coral reef ecosystems.

Our local dive shop Tawo Diving in Oberursel, Germany hosted a Christmas party in November 2015 and already collected the amazing amount of 900 € for us to build more Biorocks® artificial reefs in Indonesia. Thank you so much!

If you as well want to participate in this great cause, you can from now on also donate money for our upcoming Biorock® projects directly through our website (using a Paypal donation button) or simply get in touch with us via!

To donate for future Biorock® artificial reefs, go to:

Go Green: Protecting Fish and Ocean Wildlife from Pollution from Mrs. Testo’s 5th grade class

In today’s modern, industrialized world, people have become a greater threat to our oceans, rainforests, and other natural habitats more than ever before. Pollution, waste, garbage, overdevelopment, and other issues have become a real issue for our environment. As inhabitants of the Earth, we can all do our part to help make sure we live in a cleaner world for ourselves, the animals, and the next generation. There are things everyone can do to help lessen the impact we have on the planet and make it better for everyone.

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