Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Electrolysis for restoration of coral reefs and fisheries, shore protection, and materials production

Thomas Goreau, Ph.D.
Global Coral Reef Alliance

Wednesday, March 3, 2004
Pacific Forum 3:00 p.m.

Photo by Wolf Hilbertz

We have developed marine electrolytic methods to grow solid limestone structures of any size or shape, which get stronger with age, are self-repairing, and ideal habitat for fish and shellfish. We have produced cost-effective building materials three times as strong as concrete, turned eroding beaches into growing ones in the lowest country in the world, and restored coral reefs and fisheries in over a dozen countries. By providing corals with optimal conditions for skeleton formation, we free energy for growth, reproduction, and resisting environmental stresses. This allows us to maintain corals through lethally high temperatures, sediment, or pollution, and quickly restore reefs where natural recovery is impossible. Our corals had 16 to 50 times higher survival  during lethal high temperature events. Coral reefs and coastal fisheries are vanishing rapidly. Current strategies to conserve and manage them are doomed to failure unless our technology is rapidly applied on a larger scale.

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