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The loss of coral reefs signals the loss of an exceptional source of food, medicine, coastal protection, water cleansing, and human joy. We are proposing an insurance policy for coral reefs to stop their loss by creating one of the world’s most ambitious and large-scale ecosystem conservation tools.

Coral Reef Arks Imagine massive midwater structures colonized with luminescent corals, anemones, crabs and urchins, and circled by giant schools of fish. These are Coral Reef Arks. We have previously used a tool, called ARMS, that aggregates millions of reef species into one-square-foot structures. Like building blocks, ARMS will be aggregated onto Coral Reef Arks to assemble large reef communities.

Arks will generate immediate economic benefits in the form of fisheries, tourism, coastal protection, and carbon sequestration. They will create an entirely new way to study coral reefs and allow for the continued discovery of pharmaceutical molecules. Arks will serve as midwater zoos and reservoirs for restoration projects, providing flora and fauna to restore reef communities following damage or degradation, and critically preserving coral reefs of the world.