Marine Ecosystem Restoration: Costs and Benefits for Coral Reefs

Goreau, T.J.

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Active global ecosystem restoration strategies are urgently needed to prevent crippling economic losses to marine biodiversity, fisheries, tourism, and coastal resources. Conventional reef restoration methods fail when water quality deteriorates or temperatures increase. Biorock electrolytic technology uniquely maintains healthy coral and fish populations under high temperatures and reduced water quality that are normally fatal. Low voltage direct electrical current provides calcareous substrate for corals (or oysters) to settle on and gives coral energy to grow it’s skeleton, leaving the coral with more metabolic energy for growth, reproduction, and resisting environmental stress. Reefs can be restored in locations where they can no longer grow due to global warming and pollution, helping rebuild fisheries and protecting coastlines from erosion from sea level rise and increasing storm strength.

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Peer-reviewed Article

World Resource Review