What is the Livingeas Reef Star Program?
As a purpose-driven business and public benefit corporation, Livingseas is unable to accept donations. This program was introduced so that you can directly fund the growth of coral reefs as well as other important pieces of our operation. Think of it as a service. You can choose how many Reef Stars you want to support a month, we will send you a certificate to confirm your support, and our crew will get to work and plant the Reef Stars on your behalf.
Why is it $25?
A Reef Star is $25 because that’s the minimum viable amount of funding we need to deploy one fully attached Reef Star to the seabed. This includes the initial installation, attachment and purchase of coral fragments, and monitoring of the Reef Star for at least 6 months before the corals grow large enough to sustain themselves permanently. We are providing a service, but that doesn’t mean your $25 doesn’t have a huge impact. There is a lot that goes into building a new reef and with your support, our crew are able to get this work done continuously till we complete our mission. Together, we can rebuild reefs and create new habitat for marine life in our oceans.
Is this a tax-deductible donation to Livingseas?
No. As a purpose-driven business and public benefit corporation, Livingseas is unable to accept donations so your subscription purchase is not tax-deductible.
How do I know you planted a Reef Star on my behalf?
Each time our crew head out on a mission, they follow a documentation policy to ensure everything is done legally and safely. We will log the number of Reef Stars deployed each mission, and chart their positions on our map. This will then be reflected on our portal along with clear and transparent reports sent out monthly to all our supporters.
How soon do I receive my email certificate?
Immediately after checkout, you’ll receive an email that confirms the Reef Stars you’ve helped to support. It will include a certificate that can easily be shared on your social media channels or even printed.
Can I customize my email certificate?
Right now, we do not have the ability to customize our email certificates but are working diligently to change that. In the future, we look forward to including both your name and the number of Reef Stars you have sponsored.
What currency is my purchase in?
All purchases are in United States Dollars (USD).
What if I want a refund?
If you’re unsatisfied with your Reef Star subscription for any reason at all, please contact our Customer Advocates at email@example.com within 30 days of purchase. Please provide the reason you were unsatisfied with your purchase. Once your refund request is processed, your funds will post back to your original payment method within 3–5 business days. Refund requests made after 30 days from purchase will not be accepted.
Who actually does the Reef Star deployment and coral planting?
We do it ourselves! This is not outsourced to someone else. Livingseas full-time, professional crews will deploy the Reef Stars on your behalf. Our crews are made up of experienced individuals who have been doing this for years. Occasionally we do get guests who choose to participate in this activity and contribute their time and efforts to the project. If you would like to participate as well, please go here to make a booking.
Where do your crews operate?
Our crews are working hard seven days a week in Padangbai, Bali. As our business grows, so will our ability to deploy more Reef Stars to accelerate the rehabilitation of the reef in Bali.
What if I want to support more apart from the subscriptions?
First, that’s amazing. Second, you can reach out directly to our customer service team to help you with your inquiry by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why is rehabilitating the coral reef so important?
The ocean is the largest ecosystem on Earth. It provides the air we breathe as it generates over half the oxygen on the planet and at any given moment, 97% of the world’s water can be found in the ocean. This is vital as up to 1/6th of the world’s protein comes from the ocean. It also acts as our biggest combatant to climate change because the ocean is our biggest absorber of carbon dioxide in the world. The coral reefs form the bedrock of this ecosystem, without coral reefs that provide habitat for other marine species, then the entire ecosystem falls apart.
Does using Reef Stars to rehabilitate the coral reefs really help?
Yes! We have done various studies to gauge how well the coral is growing as compared to other structures and methods of rehabilitation. In terms of the ease of logistics and deployment, low mortality rates, the overall cost per coral fragment planted, this system far outperforms other methods. Without placing these structures to create substrate for coral, the natural coral cover would never grow back. The sandy seafloor would prevent corals from getting a permanent hold on the seabed, and over time, the desertification of the reef would only continue without any intervention.
How did the Livingseas Coral Project get started?
The Livingseas Coral Project was founded on in Bali, Indonesia, where Livingseas founder Leon Boey ran a dive centre. Seeing with firsthand that the reef was not recovering on its own, a plan was created to use the diving skills and staff and customer involvement to positively impact both the reef and the hearts of the divers that came to Livingseas.
Are there other ways for me to get involved?
There are a number of ways to make an impact with the coral reefs. While continuing with the monthly subscription is a great start, you can also do any one of the following:
- Learn to improve your dive skills by taking a buoyancy course or workshop
- Spread the awareness of the importance of the coral reefs to other divers and friends
- Join us in Bali to participate directly in the project by volunteering your time
How can I continue to receive updates from Livingseas?
You can follow us on all major social media platforms @livingseas.conservation . You can also sign up for our newsletter on our website. Our emails are filled with monthly updates on our deployment operations, organizational announcements, exclusive offers, trending news, and much more.
How do I get in touch with Livingseas?
Email email@example.com, or chat on WhatsApp.