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CORAL REEF RESTORATION PROJECT STAGES
A Biorock restoration project undergoes three major stages namely: the Planning and Installation Stage, the Service and Maintenance Process and the Community Turnover.
Each stage require a certain amount of funding to maximize potential growth of the coral reefs. Aside from working on new projects, we currently have pipelines of projects which require donations and sponsorships to cover the costs of service, maintenance and community’s training programs and educational workshops.
PLANNING AND INSTALLATION
The process starts with designing a metal structure which is later connected to an electrical supply from the surface. The electrical current is used to promote the deposition of calcium carbonate on the surface of the cathode resulting to hard corals to bond on the material and attract other inhabitants.
SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE
Undesirable organisms that could kill corals like sponges, algae and coral eating snails are periodically removed. Biorock reefs also need to be periodically checked to ensure that cables and connections are intact as damages will stop growth rates of corals.
Restoration of coral reefs would be futile without educating and engaging the community and consequently changing their values about marine preservation. Thus, the last stage of restoration involves training and guiding local villages how to take care and protect the coral reefs.