Coral Reef Arks Strategic Plan

About this Plan
This strategic plan is the distilled expression of our shared priorities for the next 10 years. It rolls up to a vision that may take 100 years to achieve and is supported by an operational (tactical) plans.

Mission (Our purpose)
The Coral Reef Arks collaboration is a cross-disciplinary, synergistic group of passionate scientists, engineer, lawyers and business people working to conserve, restore and expand coral reefs.

Our “Why” (The reason why the VII exists)
Build a fun, collaborative, problem-solving group to restore and create coral reefs.

Vision (Our chosen future)
Creating Coral Reefs
Build the necessary knowledge base to conserve, restore, and migrate coral reefs for recreation, food, natural products, and ecosystem services.

Strategic Priorities (Our big ideas)
We will understand coral reefs and develop solutions to build them.
1. Explore the Unknowns of Coral Reefs. Understand reefs well enough to build one.
2. Harness the Power: Use our knowledge to restore and expand coral reefs.
3. Build an Economy: Create a sustainable fiscal model for coral reefs.
4. Share the Love: Show that there are real plans to restore and expand coral reefs.

Research priorities (The areas of study that will bring our vision to life)

  1. Test ARMS and Arks designs that will meet our restore and expand goals.
  2. Inexpensive and sustainable ARMS and Arks production.
  3. Develop a series of business plans.
  4. Develop a legal plan.
  5. Test restoration strategies.
  6. Determine best locations for Arks.

Success metrics (Key ways we will measure progress toward our vision)
We will track year-over-year increases in many areas, including:

  1. Deployment of prototype Ark
  2. Improve coral recruitment to ARMS
  3. Number of ARMS deployed
  4. Number of Arks deployed
  5. Numbers of patents and publications.
  6. Number of videos and other social media products.
  7. Change the narrative about coral reefs and the ocean
  8. Amount of funding for long term stability
  9. Expand the number of people working on ARMS and Arks.

Details of the Strategic Priorities

1. Explore the Unknowns of Coral Reefs. Understand reefs well enough to build one.

1.1. Dark Reef processes, those that occur in the interstitial spaces, are key to maintaining a healthy coral reef (e.g., inorganic nutrients, organic carbon, & oxygen cycling).  
1.2 Understand how coral reefs create fisheries (e.g., copepods, algal grazing, wall-of-mouths, pelagic, et cetera).
1.3. Structures and biology that reinforce healthy wholomes (e.g,, ARMS, Arks, flow regimes, grazers, internal structures).
1.4 Urchins and other restoration plans using ARMS and Arks.

2. Harness the Power: Use our knowledge to restore and expand coral reefs.

2.1 Biology that reinforce healthy wholomes (e.g., urchin project; Jen)
2.2. Structures that reinforce healthy wholomes (e.g., ARMS and Arks prototypes).
2.3. Next generation of ARMS that will recruit and enhance coral survival.
            Convergence project, Val and Co
2.4. Build intermediate measurements of ARMS and Arks success (e.g., a flow system that tell use that the ARMS unit retains oxygen and a pathogen free system)
2.3. Build prototype of ARMS and Arks that are modular and scalable based so that groups with very little capital equipment or large capital ships can build these systems.

3. Build an Arks Economy: Create a sustainable fiscal model for coral reefs.

3.1 Mitigation: Identify customers that need reef mitigation.
3.2. Tourism: Identify customers that need coral reefs to attract visitors.
3.3. Fisheries: Identify customers the would buy fishing rights.
3.4. Endowment for long-term maintenance of Arks.

4. Hope: Show that there are real plans to restore and expand coral reefs.

4.1 Shift the futures of coral reef paradigm from negative to positive.
4.2 Fuse emerging and traditional approaches to coral reef biology. Develop communications and collaborative with the greater coral reef field.
4.3. Build out Publicity with 1) website (add FAQs), 2) Aaron's bother (content for ARMS and urchins).

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