| Jul 4, 2023
Reef Life Blue Ocean Restoration Film Awards
Reef Life Blue Film Award
Reef Life Foundation Teams travelled to Hollywood for the Film Debut and Awards Ceremony for the film "Building Hope" from Reef Life Blue Winning Best Mini Movie for Nature
The Oceanite Mineral Matrix endorsed by the UN brings Rapid Biodiversity Restoration for Coastal Protection, Coral and Kelp Species attraction and settlement.
Healthy reefs are high oxygen oasis for a wide range of poceanic plants and animals.
Sponges Build Oxygen in Ocean "Oasis" on Reef Life Projects! (reeflifefoundation.org)
An IntelliReef prototype in Sint. Martin after 20 months underwater. The massive ramose salmon sponge, Desmapsanma anchorata, cradling a recruit of a fire coral Millepora species. Photo by: The Nature Foundation
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.
Sponges are not casual components of the fauna in coral reefs worldwide. From fringing coral reefs, atolls, and patch reefs, to deeper reef escarpments, reef walls, or mesophotic reefs (50-150 m deep), sponges surpass any animal phyla in terms of species richness and living biomass in most tropical coral reefs (Diaz and Rützler, 2001; Reed et al., 2018). In the Caribbean, the number of different sponge species at any reef ranges from 50-300 species, and a large difference on species composition can be found among reefs within “15 km” (Hooper, 2018). Reef Life Foundation continues to develop diverse habitats for Site Species and Function, and are working globally designing projects for Small Island Developing States, Indigenous regions wishing to rebuild coastal habitats for small fishermen to bring increased marine life to the communities they support.
Stay tuned for fishing updates through eDNA publications!
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