Reef Life Ocean Rebound

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Reef Life Ocean Rebound: Save Coral Reefs & Feed The World

Salt Lake City, United StatesGlobal Coastal & Island Communities, Philippines
Year Founded:
2015
Organization type: 
hybrid
Project Stage:
Growth
Budget: 
$250,000 - $500,000
Scaling strategies launched within the past 6 months:
Organizational Growth
Franchising, Licensing, Accreditation
Large Scale Partnerships
Organizing Conferences
Trainings, Consultation
Federations, Associations
Campaigns
Lobbying, Policy Change
Industry Standards (labels, certification, awards, etc.)
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Reef Life nanotechnologies assist bonding of oceanic creatures, coral polyps, plants, medicines & minerals to our diverse substrates, bringing site & species specific fast growth characteristics. Infrastructure-scale reef complexes engineered for entire coastal regions & aquaculture fish habitats.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if dying oceans could rebound in order to feed & employ the billions of people who depend upon them?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Coral reefs, marine plants and the fish they support are dying at an alarming rate. Scientists estimate that in 20 years these susceptible species will disappear, accelerating today’s global crisis into an unimaginable scenario in which shortages of food, medicine, jobs and clean oxygen accelerate, lowering monetary growth, protein for local residents, income and community stability.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Reef Life experts engineer precise site and species specific scientific formulas resulting in diverse marine-compatible substrates. Nanomaterials and advanced, scale-able manufacturing systems create reef habitat structures used in bio-compatible eco-marine environments generating new coral reefs and healthy fish colonies. Marine substrates grow proper bacteria feeding algae essential to maintaining eco-systems and organisms producing pharmaceutical compounds supporting aquaculture and organic farming systems. The tiny cell surface holds the coral eggs, providing shelter and safety to grow and thrive in a coral farm on land, in a laboratory, in shallow seawater, or deep ocean locations.

Awards

Patents applied include substrates to science to manufacturing processes and systems.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Caribbean initial focus particularly southern region where reefs are destroyed and fish are disappearing. Estimated $20 Million will be spent on replacement and restoration in Caribbean next 5 years and $10 Billion to be spent on new Dive Reefs, Sea Walls in this region over the next 10 Years; in contact with new resort developers needing architectural dive reefs & sustainability. Other global requests: Tobago, Templar & Misool Island, (where blast fishing has decimated reefs) we created reef growth plates to hold struggling coral. Oyster and clam farms, fish habitat bases for defunct oil rigs as well as wind farms create double value for these installations, hooking to existing footings. New barge casting operations for reef site repairs.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

Reefs provide: Sustenance and livelihood, over 20% of the protein for humanity. Shoreline protection for more than 100 countries defending against damage from storms and erosion.$4 Trillion in just tourism dollars and 15%+ of the GDP in 96 countries. Coral, marine plants and algae in the oceans absorb and store 93% of the world’s CO2. “Our Global Ocean is fundamental to sustaining life on Earth; it is a major carbon sink, it absorbs heat, producing half the oxygen we breathe. Shipping, fisheries and aquaculture, energy, biotechnology, mineral and biological extractions generate USD $3 - 6 Trillion Annually; pivotal for achieving UN Sustainable Ocean Development Goals through a strong, successful Blue Economy COP 22 translates mobilization into action: Innovative ocean development measures, supported by ambitious financing mechanisms with increased capacity development shows this impact.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

Initial market strategies working through contacts, social media and conferences. We have over 1350 Global Scientists, Marine Biologists, Fisheries, Aquaculture centers & Divers requesting products and bids. Successful completion of Clean Tech Accelerator bringing global mentors/impact investors in February 2017 stage two: Palo Alto. We have requests for bids in 2 Caribbean locations, Philippines, Coral Triangle. We will be hiring representatives to meet with clients for licensing and consulting. Bid for reef assessment team accepted last week, and scaling manufacturing to 4 global locations.
Sustainability

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

70% Licensing and product/service revenues, remaining grants/donations. Patents Include: Nano particle activation/hydration synthesis, advanced mfg procedures: nano binders, 100+ novel mixtures, structural acreage reefs and dead reef restoration systems. These proprietary attributes have not and cannot be copied by our existing competitors, we are 20 years ahead in science, new developments in R+D laboratory now for material formation matrices.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Our reef replacement competitors use standard, not ocean friendly construction materials that over time will grow some coral, localized small scale. Their manufacturing processes use existing, non-marine formulas and designs which cannot adequately address the delicate balance required to produce successful reef and fish colonies. Our advanced nanoscience, hybrid, proven manufacturing success, combined with massive, acreage infrastructure scale "Fish Cities" containing bio-diverse marine inhabitants, eco aquaculture, medicinal growth substrates engineered for underwater urban developments.
Team

Founding Story

Our original companies based in architectural stone casting & advanced nanomaterials research, organic sealants, brought attention from global scientists who asked us in 2006 to create marine compatible structures and casting systems. We could not find any US backing so kept moving science up. My generation created the demise of the oceans, and my children and their children's children will pay in a thousand ways, if we do not act today. “The next 10 years will determine the viability path of the next 10,000.” -Sylvia Earle Ocean Advocate Co-Founder Dr. Konstantin Sobolev and I share the deepest concern for the future of the planet and this is a culmination of our life's work. Reef Life Science Revitalization of Oceans is Paramount.

Team

Melody Brenna created successful TX-Global architectural stone mfg, 14 year work history with Dr. Konstantin Sobolev, 2000 publications, nano technologies. Ocean scientists came to us in 2002, asking for our development of reef/fish restoration. Dr. Matt Raymond, Certified Licensing with over 600 Patent Reviews; negotiating Licensing of IP is invaluable. Reef designers, Marine Biologist, assessment, deployment/dive experts, 30 yr team expertise

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