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Reef & Coastal Health Assessments RLR


We will establish the nature, extent and condition of each coral reef site.

Reef Life Restoration to provide two experienced Marine Biology, Ocean Assessment experts to spend sufficient time in reef regions for the purpose of ocean site visual and filmed assessment, with laboratory analysis follow-up to ensure best method choices for long term reef restoration, new reef construction, coral farming and various implementations of both current and latest advanced science in these areas.

  1. Perform initial surveys of the various coastal reef locations directed by your local team to map out the locations wherein reef conservation, or new construction will be of the most benefit. We will of course make use of research that has already been performed, and published where available, Reef Life Restoration, (RLR) will provide sampling equipment, as well as leave monitoring equipment to monitor the ongoing state of conditions within regions we assess for % cover of coral and macroalgae-- if required.

  2. Reef Life Restoration will assist in locating the high priority areas for restoration and new reef construction using our technology and special assets, and laboratory findings of pH, PAR, toxicity, mineral content, industrial runoff, chlorophyll a, and other lab findings from the samples derived from site of water, sand, and site information such as light, wave action, currents and sediment depths. NO disturbance of, or samples of coral, or other marine life will be taken.

  3. After analyzation of the areas to be protected and/or restored, it will be much easier to determine the overall time frame required to stabilize and contain these areas and to establish an overall completion budget, diverse reef systems, coral farm possibilities, dive attractions and most sustainable, economical and reliable methods and technologies, ongoing laboratory analysis of changing conditions so that additions can be made to structures to assist customization and safe growth of site and species requirements.

Site Surveys with Marine Biologist and Certified Commercial Diver RLR (link)

Each and every containment area to be restored will have to be treated differently in that water depth, velocity and the surface area, fish habitats and other conservation requirements will have to be considered. Reef Life restorations laboratories, headed by Dr. Konstantin Sobolev will perform laboratory tests.

It is anticipated that Jonathan Cross, internationally certified survey diver will conduct underwater surveys to insure site improvement capabilities long term. During this survey technical and scientific data will be logged, photographed and video recorded, as to provide a comprehensive project evaluation when completed. Our team will be covered by Workers Comp and general liability insurance. Johnathan is a certified medic and highly qualified during any medical emergency, should one arise (see CV)

It is understood that, due to the extent of the current reef damage, and future reduction in reef viability if left unaided, and in order to minimize costs, close consultation with regional government officials will be critical to make the decisions concerning which areas should be slated for restoration and protection and in what order.

1. Visual Mapping of coral, microalgae, % coverage, indications of disease, industrial or other damage from tourists, fishing, or storms.

Marine organisms, algae types, fish diversity, coral species, numbers, & scarcity observed, mapped & recorded for later reporting.

2. Initial overview site conditions take time to cover regions as opposed to single coral or construction sites. Study by RLR Marine Biologist has been performed over the last 60 days of all existing published data on Reef Regions so comparisons can be included in report.

3. Film and camera equipment, computers with GPS to attach site photos and film to exact locations for reporting and ongoing monitoring.

4. Experienced dive teams use completely non obtrusive assessment methods

We use water quality probes shown above for non-invasive testing.

5. Turbidity Probe will also be used. All info uploaded daily into computers for analysis.

Measurements of natural light PAR can determine new coral growth parameters monitor potentially damaging increases in local sea temperature and determine effects on coral

These can be used by diver at specific locations, record data and move on- or attached to block, or boat anchor already in the location for ongoing info.

Light logging recorders at specific GPS co-ordinates

Each location even on the same island is different. One side full of mercury, the opposite side with no toxic metals or runoff. Small water samples need to be collected.

Each water sample collected is mapped to exact GPS co-ordinates and depth, carefully marked for the LAB.

Reef Life laboratories will perform our water, mineral and microbial tests and log these on the GPS map. pH, and other elements within the water will be data analyzed.

Sand samples in small tubes can be collected from seafloor and coast to bring backup to water samples. Co-ordination of these tests in RLR Labs USA.

Same small tubes used to collect coastline sand and bottom sediment sand.

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Reef Life Foundation supports coral science research globally with reef revitalization, protection & coral restoration. 

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