Reef Rebuilding For All
Here are some of the reef rebuilding methods that those involved in TRACC conservation efforts, lead by Professor Steve Oakley, helped to develop. They are designed for easy building that anyone can be shown how to do, using inexpensive materials available to local communities.
They aren't designed to be technologically the best, just accessible to everyday people. Those people can then take ownership of the bit of ocean on their doorstep, retain some control over their livelihoods, which are otherwise at risk or already non-existent, and kickstart the knock-on effects of a healthy reef system on pelagic biomass and ocean balance. Sometimes it doesn't take a superhero to save the world, just everyday people, one bottle reef at a time...
That square bit on the side of this Turtle Reef is made from an egg box and creates a great surface for algae and corals to attach to, as well as sheltered places for small crustaceans and invertebrates to hide and lay their eggs.
All plastic (in the form of bags full of sand and take-away cartons) is used to create shapes only and removed before the Turtle Reef goes into the sea.