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#OceanAction15440
Reef Life Restoration Smart Substrates for Super Corals
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 (patent pending) 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 LEGO 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. nwww.reefliferestoration.com Please contact our engineering/materials science/design teams for advanced marine infrastructure units for wave deflection to specific species growth habitats.
Updates to voluntary commitment
14.2
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
Quantification
  • 20 years Advanced Materials Science and Nano Matrices with Manufacturing Processes
14.3
Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels
Type of commitment
  • Adaptation to more acidic ocean conditions
  • Scientific research and cooperation to address ocean acidification knowledge gaps
14.4
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)
14.5
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
  • Marine protected area with partial protection
  • Multiple use marine protected area
14.7
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 biotechnology
14.a
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
14.b
Provide access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets
Type of commitment
  • Transfer of fishing technology
July 2018
Reef & Fish Growth Habitats Surrounding Boat Mooring Stations Keeping Anchors OFF Reef & Seagrass
May 2019
Aquaculture Growth Habitats for Base of Windfarms and Defunct Oil Rigs
Other, please specify
Reef & Fish Growth Habitats Surrounding Boat Mooring Stations Keeping Anchors OFF Reef & Seagrass
Updates
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Basic information
Time-frame: May 2017 - May 2020
Partners
Reef Life Restoration Oceanic Nano Materials Laboratory (scientific community)
Ocean Basins
  • Global
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Ocean fishing and MPA communities globally
Contact information
Melody Brenna, CEO & Foundation Director, melody@reeflifefoundation.org,
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