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Reef Life Foundation IntelliReefs Biomimicking Coral Habitats
by Reef Life Restoration & Foundation (Private sector)
Smart Substrates for Super Corals: Reef Life Restoration (RLR) nano-engineered reef habitats, wave break and living shoreline modules use environmentally sustainable materials as specific coral species growth substrates, mimicking the complex composition of natural coral reefs. The vision of this project is to deploy these smart substrates on reefs worldwide and use these technologies to protect, restore or migrate coral populations around the world, as many of the worlds scientists feel that entire reef populations will have to be moved to cooler waters, such as the Great Barrier Reef, where there are no structures to receive them. RLR substrates can serve as Living Shorelines wave protection as well as individual boat mooring surrounds to prevent further damage to reefs and MPA regions from anchoring. RLR maintains that a diverse set of substrates is necessary for increased coral environments, which promote more fish and species interaction than one material. This innovation process is the reason for striations of mineral layers, thus creating more natural habitat structures which have been requested by global coral laboratory researchers. RLR also developed smart substrates with variable surface pH values, so that farmed coral out planting can have higher success rates.The smart substrates assemble like architectural origami units. Each unit can be outfitted with a combination of the ten novel growth formulations, custom surface topography, and other species-specific features such as farmed coral attachment holes or spawning bed textures. As a result of these customizable features, each smart substrate can be planted with a different species of coral that is able to quickly and effectively reach maturity, and thrive in this specialized environment. Biocompatible and highly diverse surface textures and formulations on and within these substrates are designed to function like established coral, including small holes where fertilized coral larvae can attach, be protected and grow to reproductive stage adulthood. Contrary to current artificial reef structures, these smart coral substrates are robust enough to survive extreme weather, increased sedimentation levels, and changes to the broader ecosystem. https://www.reefliferestoration.com Please contact our engineering/materials science/design teams for advanced marine infrastructure units for wave deflection to specific species growth habitats, ART Dive Reefs, aquaculture and other growth substrates.
Progress reports
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
  • Community or Locally Managed Marine Areas
  • Integrated Coastal Management
  • Marine Spatial Planning
  • Large Marine Ecosystem approach
  • Ecosystem-based Adaptation
  • Other (please specify): Direct use of Coral Research Labs Requests for Materials
  • 20 years Advanced Materials Science and Nano Matrices with Manufacturing Processes
Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels
Type of commitment
  • Coastal carbon sinks/blue carbon
  • Adaptation to more acidic ocean conditions
  • Scientific research and cooperation to address ocean acidification knowledge gaps
  • Other (please specify): Adaptable Coral Reef Spawn Catch Structures
  • The pervious nature of the bio-mineral compounds used in the Ocean MPA Coral Restoration bring coral disease remediation
By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics
Type of commitment
  • Science-based fisheries management plans
  • Ecosystem approach to fisheries (EAF)
  • Other (please specify): Upgrading fish species growth in MPA
  • The rapid fish and bio-diversity aggregation on our IntelliReefs Oceanite structures assists in higher marine creature counts
By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
Type of commitment
  • No take marine protected area
  • Marine protected area with partial protection
  • Multiple use marine protected area
  • Locally or community managed marine areas
  • Other (please specify): MPA Coral Habitat Systems Deployments
  • Site and Species Customization with Disease Remediation
By 2030, increase the economic benefits to Small Island developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism
Type of commitment
  • Economic benefits from sustainable fisheries
  • Economic benefits from sustainable tourism
  • Economic benefits from sustainable aquaculture/mariculture
  • Economic benefits from marine renewable energy
  • Economic benefits from marine biotechnology
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
  • Scientific, socioeconomic and interdisciplinary research
  • Research capacity development
  • Data access and sharing
  • Training and professional development
  • Scientific cooperation
  • Transfer marine technology
  • Futuristic Innovations for Decade of Ocean Science steps from advanced materials, ocean deployment and design capabilites
Provide access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets
Type of commitment
  • Transfer of fishing technology
Dec 2022
Reef Life Foundation Coral Education Series for GLISPA and Global Island Ocean Education
July 2018
Reef Biomimicking Substrates in Caribbean: Settlement of Wild Coral Spawn & Feeding Fish Every 8 Seconds
May 2021
Aquaculture Growth Habitats for Vertical Farming
Sept 2021
IntelliReefs Coral Mineral Habitats Deployed MPA & Caribbean Creating Advanced Nanomaterial for Coral MicroFragmentation
Staff / Technical expertise
Global Island Coral Reef and Ocean Education Series for Children
In-kind contribution
IntelliReefs deployed in MPA and Caribbean Locations for Advanced Coral Growth Systems
In-kind contribution
Reef & Fish Growth Habitats Surrounding Boat Mooring Stations Keeping Anchors OFF Reef & Seagrass
Staff / Technical expertise
Reef Design Manual for Global Coral Reef Restoration Planning and Resources
Basic information
Time-frame: May 2017 - May 2020
Reef Life Restoration Oceanic Nano Materials Laboratory (Scientific community) Reef Life Foundation (Philanthropic organization)
Ocean Basins
  • Global
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Oceans, Aquaculture, Tourism, Fishing, Islands and MPA communities globally
Contact information
Melody Saunders Brenna, CEO & Foundation Director, melody@reeflifefoundation.org,
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