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2001-2004 Foundation Award Winners

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  • Maiden Island Antigua Total Reef Restoration Project. 2004 Winner in all Project of the Year categories of Reef Ball Foundation.  Project included Coral Propagation, Coral Rescue, Mangrove Planting, Live Rock Stabilization, Submerged Breakwater, Fish spawning Pinnacles, Snorkel and Diving trails, Sea Urchin transplanting, 'Layer Cake' Reef Balls, Engineered Anchoring, Local and International volunteers....and MUCH MUCH MORE.  This is a must see to believe click.

  • The Minahasa Marine Habitat Enhancement Program (A Reef Ball Project by P.T. Newmount in Indonesia) 

  • PortoMari, Curacao, Caribbean Sea PortoMari's project included Reef Balls of all sizes, large volunteer participation from the community and local NGOs, extensive press coverage, an innovative Coral transplant project using imperiled corals, recovery of
    shallow water reefs destroy almost completely by Hurricane Lenny, private funding from PortoMari with a matching Reef Ball Foundation Grant, an extensive monitoring program including both the Reef Balls and the natural
    surrounding reefs.  And, of course, the on-going building of Reef Balls. 180 Reef Balls have already been deployed and another 100 are planned for Spring 2002. This project even had a heavy educational component with seminars on corals, reef systems, coral transplanting, press events, kids days and on-going eco-diver training. There is only ONE thing that
    could have made this a better project...if the reefs had not been destroyed
    by the storm and the project was unnecessary!

  • MariLim, Kiel Ford, Baltic Sea MariLim was the first to demonstrate that pH adjusted Reef Ball concrete mixes create a better diversity of life on the reef than regular concrete EVEN in NON-HARD CORAL waters. [It has been known for a long time that there was a significant difference in the fouling communities in tropical waters but it was a scientific controversy as to the effect on northern, more hardy species].

  • Armas Y Soria, Proyectos Y Obras (ASPO), Oviedo, Spain, North Atlantic Sea This project built smaller Lo-Pro Reef Balls widely spaced in 300 feet deep water at a specific geological point where an upwelling occurred.  The design was specifically geared to a bottleneck in the life cycle of the Hake fish.  Larger reefs would attract Hake predators and closer reefs would encourage them to leave the bottom dwelling cycle too soon for higher survival rates.  The innovation was the combination of the field of geology and marine biology to unlock a bottleneck in a species that is considered commercially important.

  •  Tampa Bay Watch, Tampa Bay: Tampa Bay Watch uses the smaller sizes of Reef Balls under docks and around sea walls in Tampa Bay to encourage the growth of oysters whose filter feeding abilities help control pollution and improves visibility in
    the bay. Tampa Bay watch uses volunteers of all ages to help in the programs and has made very significant impacts on the community in both water quality and educational goals.

  •  Walker School, Atlanta Georgia, Atlantic Ocean. Wow, did you know that Elementary School Kids...living more than 5 hours driving time from the nearest ocean could learn about reefs, build reef balls and create thousands of pounds of fish life?  These kids in Atlanta proved it could be done.  Even if you have never seen the ocean...it affects your life...this proves we can ALL help.

  •  The Island School, Bahamas.  On the other hand, many of us live on Islands.  The Ocean is our life.  The Island School in the Bahamas helps give young adults the chance to live island life firsthand and to learn about the reef systems by using Reef Balls in a variety of ways.  Here, high school students design their own
    experiments...adding all kinds of interesting adaptations to Reef Balls.  Ever wondered what would happen if you added floating ropes to the top of your reef balls? What about building your own breakwater...how do Reef Balls really affect
    waves? These answers and more are being studied every day at the Island School.

  • Side Bar-Scientists Helping the Reef Ball Foundation

    In Focus:
    Jonathan Jaffrey  BSc, PGCE

    Jonathan Jaffrey is EOS's 2001 Royal Society of New Zealand Teaching Fellow. Jon is a physics specialist who has taught science for over 20 years in secondary schools, both here and in Great Britain. He is well traveled, and passionate about the environment and SCUBA diving. These passions led him to choose Reefball Technology as the focus of his research in EOS. Although Reefballs have been used extensively overseas to construct artificial reefs, no research has been carried out on them in New Zealand. Jon is planning to set up two patterns of Reefballs in the Long Bay-Okura Marine Reserve. These will form the platform for research into colonization rates, and will enhance biotic mass and biodiversity. Both undergraduate and graduate students have expressed keen interest in working on the project, which complements ongoing studies in the reserve.
    E-mail: Jon.Jaffrey@gmx.net

     


List of our Top 250 most Recent Projects

Ongoing and Recent Projects
(With Links to Project Orgs)

(Actually we consider all of our projects to be ongoing as they continue to provide habitat for generations).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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