Are you ready to help the reef?

Do what you can for the ocean from the comfort of your home.

Congratulations!

 

You have discovered the Livingseas Coral Project, and this will change the way you look at coral conservation forever!

This Project is for you if, and only if:

 

 

You care about the ocean.
 


You believe the coral reefs are in danger and in need of our help.


You are a responsible human being who has great respect for your environment.

You know the reefs are in danger, right?
You wouldn't be reading this if you thought otherwise...

 

 

There are so many pressures on the ocean today, from diver damage; climate change causing bigger storms and waves; unsustainable over development of coastal regions; effluent discharge from residential, industrial, and agricultural human activity; to overfishing and harvesting of coral reefs for building material.

 

Is there anything we can do about this?

 

We want to do more...

 

At Livingseas, we have always believed that one aspect of conservation is better diver education. Diver education plays a really crucial role in preventing more damage to the reef from divers.

 

Regardless of the amount of students we have taught, we can't teach them all.

 

Hence even with the impact of training thousands of divers in the region to be better, we can't replace what has already been destroyed.

 

We want to do more...

We need to create more sustainable actions and positive effects that would be able to outlive our time here on Earth.

 

And it is with this mindset that we have started the exploration of reef rehabilitation.

 

In the beginning, we had the physical skills and will, but lacked the technical know-how, so we started doing our research and testing out the different known methods and participated in various projects around the region to gain expertise.

Here's our solution...

 

After a decade of research, learning, and implementing our own projects, we finally stumbled on to a project in Makassar, Indonesia that held the promise of achieving our goals.

 

This system is called the Mars Accelerated Coral Reef Rehabilitation System (MARRS).

 

The system uses coated metal frames called Reef Stars to provide a base to attach corals to. Each Reef Star is about 70 sq cm and allows us to attach up to 18 coral fragments per frame.

 

All the frames are connect to one another in a mesh network so that it creates a strong stable base that can withstand the waves and current.

Here's how our corals have grown!

Take a step forward

 

Currently we have 2 sites in Padangbai, Bali that we are rebuilding, called Baung Penyu and Mimpang.

 

Here's a map of what our sites look like and the area of the reef we hope to recover.

We Have successfully created new habitat!

On our original installation, the corals planted were finger-sized (~10 cm length), and the largest ones you will see in the previous video are about 30 to 40 cm in diameter.

In just 2 years, the corals have not only grown significantly in size, they have thrived! In addition, the fishes and other marine life have also come back!

 

HERE'S WHERE YOU COME IN...

After our resounding success, we are excited to continue this work.

 

With the devastation of so much of our seabed, it is even more vital now to act urgently.

 

For the two sites that we have identified, we are looking at deploying 7000 Reef Stars over the next 2 years.

 

In order to cover so much (sea) ground, we will need both physical and monetary help

It takes 4 experienced divers, 4 hours to lay 10 Reef Stars per day (diving conditions depending) and the cost of each Reef Star is USD 25 to be fully deployed into the reef.

 

We used to fund the previous installations through a portion of our trips and some donations, but now, in order to lay that groundwork in time, we are looking for volunteers and donors to come in and help us make it work.

How you can contribute

 

For less than $1 a day, you can help bring new life to the ocean by donating to the cost of a reef star.

 

Alternatively...

 

Come to Bali and join our efforts! Upgrade your skills and help in contributing to the coral ecosystem by putting in your very own Reef Star for the corals to grow.

FAQs

 

Find the answers to commonly posed queries below.

Have more questions? Email info@livingseas.asia.

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