Help us reach our goal of raising $25,000 for the design and creation of a world-class artificial coral reef!
Since 2016, the hot water in Australia has been leading to massive coral bleaching, killing off approximately half of the Great Barrier Reef - the world’s largest and most extensive reef system. The heat and acidity are heavily damaging and widely spreading throughout the oceans, with devastating effects across the planet. We need to take immediate action to restore the marine ecosystem before it’s too late!
Apart from restoring natural beauty, having healthy coral reefs are important for many reasons!
An artificial reef is a human-made underwater structure, typically built for the purpose of promoting marine life in areas that lack natural biodiversity or have experienced habitat loss. Within hours of sinking an artificial reef, small coral reef fish move into their new home, initiating a parade of marine life over several months. The hard structure of an artificial reef is slowly colonised by soft corals, sponges, plants and barnacles. Small coral reef fish will soon have new neighbours as snapper and grouper take residence, whilst nearby sand sediments come to life with sea stars, sand dollars and other exciting invertebrate species.
Creating artificial reefs is not as simple as throwing some wooden, metal or concrete structures in the water. Care needs to be taken to ensure that the design, materials, construction and placement of the artificial reef does not negatively impact surrounding natural habitats. As such, we are prototyping 6 different 'reef pod’ designs to find the ones that work best in our beloved marine reserve. Having achieved this, we will then deploy 25+ individual ‘pods’ throughout 2019. Donations received will directly support our scientific investigation, in addition to funding the creation and installation of our first 25 reef pods. You will be actively involved in making the coral reefs in our Song Saa Marine Reserve healthier and more biodiverse.