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Our Coral Gardens

Our Operation 

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FOUNDED

IN 2013 

WITH THE MISSION

TO CONSERVE & RESTORE ALL 35 CORAL SPECIES NATIVE TO COZUMEL

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The Electric Reef Project

Because corals grow so slowly scientists have studied to try and find ways to artificially increase their growth since the 1970s. With coral losses so severe in the past 40 years finding ways to encourage corals to grow faster is the only way we can replace the millions of corals we lose each year to macroalgae blooms, disease, and human destruction.

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In the 1980s, in response to the massive loss of coral populations to white band disease, scientists Wolf Hilbertz and Thomas J. Goreau created the first electrified reef. By running a small electric current through metal bands existing compounds in the ocean water are broken down through electrolysis, leading to crystals of limestone (also known as biorock) forming along the metal.

 

Through this bed of calcium carbonate the corals have a ready supply of the chemical they need to grow and repair the damage caused by environmental stressors and disease. Since this technology’s invention its been used in over 20 countries to help strengthen their reefs and expedite the growth of its most at risk coral species. Since his invention Dr. Thomas J. Goreau formed the Global Coral Reef Alliance (GCRA) to help spread this technology globally

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