Rebuild Coral Reefs With Nanoscience

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Rebuild Coral Reefs With Nanoscience
Rebuild Coral Reefs With Nanoscience
Rebuild Coral Reefs With Nanoscience
Rebuild Coral Reefs With Nanoscience
Rebuild Coral Reefs With Nanoscience
Rebuild Coral Reefs With Nanoscience
Rebuild Coral Reefs With Nanoscience
Rebuild Coral Reefs With Nanoscience
Rebuild Coral Reefs With Nanoscience
Rebuild Coral Reefs With Nanoscience
Rebuild Coral Reefs With Nanoscience
Rebuild Coral Reefs With Nanoscience
Rebuild Coral Reefs With Nanoscience
Rebuild Coral Reefs With Nanoscience
Rebuild Coral Reefs With Nanoscience
Rebuild Coral Reefs With Nanoscience
Rebuild Coral Reefs With Nanoscience
Rebuild Coral Reefs With Nanoscience
Rebuild Coral Reefs With Nanoscience
Rebuild Coral Reefs With Nanoscience
Rebuild Coral Reefs With Nanoscience
Rebuild Coral Reefs With Nanoscience
Rebuild Coral Reefs With Nanoscience
United Nations Endorses IntelliReefs Coral
United Nations Endorses IntelliReefs Coral

IntelliReefs has been officially endorsed for their coral restoration "Decade Action" project under the UN Decade of Ocean Science.

As the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development and UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration take off, IntelliReefs US and Canadian offices are ramping up to answer the global call for innovative ocean solutions. Earlier this year, IntelliReefs submitted a "Decade Action" for the Ocean Decade, detailing the expansion of their large research and coral reef restoration project in Philipsburg, Sint Maarten with the local Nature Foundation. The team received news this week that IntelliReefs' Decade Action has been officially endorsed by the UN in a letter from the Executive Secretary of IOC-UNESCO.

Reef Life Foundation, was recently nominated for the "Ocean Tribute" Award by boot Düsseldorfand their partners the Fondation Prince Albert II de Monaco and German Ocean Foundation.  The award will be given 5th April 2022 Stay Tuned!

We won an Energy Globe Award, and many others in 2021 as our science proof points are globally accepted, and monitoring is ongoing!

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Our Everlasting Gratitude to you-- our GlobalGiving team for your continued Generosity, this brings Life Back to Oceans-- A Measurable part of Planetary Health-- Thank you!!

Sponges on IntelliReefs Bring Oxygen to Save Reef
Sponges on IntelliReefs Bring Oxygen to Save Reef
Sponges and Corals on IntelliReefs Sint Maarten
Sponges and Corals on IntelliReefs Sint Maarten

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Following the success found during second year of monitoring of the "Homes for the Ocean's Homeless" project in Sint Maarten, we have been designing our next phase of research and restoration. 

The IntelliReefs artificial reefs off the coast of Philipsburg have been found to enhance biodiversity, increase coral settlement, feed fish 4x higher than other artificial reef materials, and accelerate the regrowing of a healthy reef community. 

With these results, we are moving forward with Phase 4 of the project to scale up our restoration work. Working with the Nature Foundation Sint Maarten and IntelliReefs, we have designed a large scale habitat restoration system called "ReefShip". This modular system integrates within the existing natural reef system and provides additional, bio mimicking habitat for fish, corals, and bio diverse reef species where it is needed the most. 

We are currently speaking with private funders  interested in a participatory conservation experience in Sint Maarten. We have designed an ecotourism experience with local tourism companies for our funders to witness and participate in our next phase of deployment and research. The story will be documented with an international film crew.

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New Coral Homes Are Fish Hideouts!
New Coral Homes Are Fish Hideouts!

After just over 2 years underwater (28 months) off the coast of Philipsburg, Sint Maarten, the world’s first biomimicking nanotechnology artificial reefs are thriving. Since IntelliReefs' last monitoring round in January 2020, the world first nanotechnology artificial reefs have continued to attract and grow large stony and soft corals, fire corals, sponges, tubeworms, and a wide variety of other reef-building species. 

 We feed FISH every 15 seconds!!  

In January 2020, IntelliReefs' divers found 6 small coral recruits from one species (Porites asteroides) on their artificial reef in the MPA off the coast of Philipsburg. This March, divers found 24 different corals on the structure from three different species (Porites asteroidesAgaricia agaricites, and Favia fragrum) - a 400% increase in visible coral recruitment. This kind of biodiversity in restoration initiatives helps provide resilience in the face of climate upcoming stressors. These key reef species provide habitat and food for other fish and invertebrates, as well as perform important ecosystem functions - such as nutrient cycling. IntelliReefsReef Life Foundation, and the Sint Maarten Nature Foundation are currently gearing up to dive into the next round of sampling this July to further assess this ongoing study.

IntelliReefs is designing "Blue Barriers" to help build future food and economic security in the ocean. Climate change is causing oceans to rise quicker than scientists’ most pessimistic forecasts, resulting in earlier flood risks to coastal economies already struggling to adapt. IntelliReefs has developed biomimicking, self-healing coastal defense systems that protect shoreline properties and restore coral reefs at the same time. 

Nature is essential for sustainably and quickly addressing the impacts of climate change. Researchers have found that healthy reefs with live corals and biodiverse reef life dissipate wave force by nearly 97% (Ferrario et al. 2014). Traditional man-made breakwaters and jetties can actually erode the seafloor by reflecting wave force instead of absorbing it, creating sinkholes and interrupting beach formation.

 A recent publication in Ocean Science has revised earlier estimates, projecting that rapid sea level rise will now impact the two-fifths of the Earth’s population who live near coastlines. Insured property worth trillions of dollars could face even greater danger from floods, superstorms and tidal surges. This research suggests that countries will have to rein in their greenhouse gas emissions even more than expected to keep sea levels in check.

Follow Me- Reef Life Homes for Oceans Homeless
Follow Me- Reef Life Homes for Oceans Homeless
Coral Scientists AND Fish Respect IntelliReefs
Coral Scientists AND Fish Respect IntelliReefs

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Before and After Reef Life Foundation IntelliReefs
Before and After Reef Life Foundation IntelliReefs

We are dedicated to protecting coastlines, conserving ocean species, and creating food and economic security for future generations of global islands and coastal nations. We provide nature-based offsets and risk mitigation for our clients by providing defenses against coastal property loss and increasing sustainable business opportunities. United Nations Update:

https://www.reeflifefoundation.org/post/reef-life-un-ocean-action-sdg14

Specifically, immediate funding would be used to implement Phases 3 and 4 of our ongoing research project in Sint Maarten, for which we have a 5-year
research and deployment permit. This will mark the completion of ongoing R&D for our coastal protection product line.

Phase 3 Will Include:

1. Biological and oceanographic site surveys for additional, large-scale IntelliReefs deployments (e.g. ReefShip) 

2. Biological analysis of current underwater IntelliReefs,

3. A 12 minute environmental documentary for international film festivals
(e.g. UNAFF, Sundance, Jackson Wild, and EarthX),

4. AND dive and logistical support for our local partner, the Nature Foundation St.
Maarten, local island marine studies, and education for youth to better understand a healthy oceanic community, underwater.

Phase 4 includes the installation of coastal protection IntelliReefs for applied research, morphological and bio-physical analysis that will ground truth next-phase product designs in preparation for our global launch.

Nanotechnology Building Healthy Reefs Scientific Analysis

Build A Reef Coral City Video Game

The success of Phase One of the Prototype, is shown by the analysis presented February 3-4th 2021 at the National Academy of Science for the Lunch of the US Global Ocean Scientific Innovations, which we were on of a very select few scientists chosen, whose oceanic progress can measurably save coral reefs.

With gratitude for your kind and generous donations, you are absolutely creating a stronger, healthier ocean, which translates to each of the people on the planet, holding a healthy future. Keep in Touch! Join the BLUE Future Teams!

Reef Life Foundation Future of Ocean Health
Reef Life Foundation Future of Ocean Health
Reef Life Coral Reef Research
Reef Life Coral Reef Research

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Fish behaviour and feeding on Reef Life's habitats
Fish behaviour and feeding on Reef Life's habitats
IntelliReefs Ocean Buffets
In November 2018, the Reef Life Team deployed 3 pilot IntelliReefs Oceanite structures off the coast of Philipsburg, Sint Maarten to compare the recruitment of marine life between the natural reefs and IntelliReefs artificial reefs. Our researchers analyzed the animal and plant community directly on the structure and the fish community that feed on and shelter inside the IntelliReefs. We found that fish are feeding off the IntelliReefs approximately every 15 seconds. This is nearly 4x higher than other healthy natural and artificial reefs using the same remote monitoring methods. Fish species have different feeding preferences: some only feed on plankton and small fish, others are purely vegetarians, and others still are omnivores, eating whatever they can find. Many of the foods that fish depend on grow on hard substrates and can be difficult to find on degraded reefs. IntelliReefs promote rapid, healthy, biodiverse growth of the species that feed fish on coral reefs.
 
Reef Life restores coral reefs using IntelliReefs biomimicking nanotechnology habitats. IntelliReefs are cast from bioenhancing proprietary mineral mixtures called Oceanite. Our mixtures are chosen to enhance the growth and development of desired species and can be completely customized to site and function - including pH values. Unlike Portland cement, the pH of Oceanite mineral mixtures is customizable, which allows us to create ideal growth conditions for target species by fine-tuning and controlling substrate pH. Portland cement and 3D printing binders can burn animal tissues when they come into contact with it because it has a pH around 12. Oceanite mixtures can currently attain a pH as low as 8.1, corresponding directly to the surrounding ocean’s pH value. The porosity of the material provides more surface area for animals to live in the crevices, creating a living substrate that is unparalleled in marine construction materials. Within months, Oceanite can foster nearly 100% coverage of a healthy benthic coral reef community, feeding fish populations quickly.
 
The result of prolonged and severe reef degradation is that reefs around the world are being flattened. This leaves fish populations on the reefs without food and shelter, making them more vulnerable to predation, disease, and fishing. IntelliReefs have been found to not only provide non-toxic, pH balanced additional habitat to shelter fish, but also grow healthy, vibrant reef communities with nearly 100% cover of marine organisms for fish to feed on within months of deployment.
 
As overfishing and reef degradation intensify around the world, the compounding effects of biodiversity and species loss will be felt by over a billion people (13% globally) who rely on reefs for food and economic security. While many countries have deployed artificial reefs to address these issues, the vast majority of man-made underwater structures are not large enough, durable enough, or biologically viable enough to make a real difference on an ecologically relevant scale. The biological and physical benefits of IntelliReefs address the most pressing conservation concerns globally.
Squirrelfish living in Reef Life habitat.
Squirrelfish living in Reef Life habitat.
Reef Life marine restaurant infographic.
Reef Life marine restaurant infographic.

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