We live underwater (How we built our own artificial Biorock reef) July 14, 2015
Coral reefs worldwide are threatened, suffering from pollution, overfishing and global warming. According to the WWF, we have already lost 27% of the world’s coral reefs. If present rates of destruction continue, 60% of the world’s coral reefs will be gone in the next 30 years.
But we can do something to help: We built an artificial Biorock reef on Gili Trawangan, an Indonesian island paradise with heavily damaged corals. A submerged metal structure will be equipped with a special feature: Electricity! This method has proven to give corals super powers – enhancing growth and health with astonishing success. The emerging electrolytic process draws minerals out of the sea water that corals need to build their limestone skeletons. Within the electric field of a Biorock, corals grow up to 8 times faster than under naturals conditions, recover up to 20 times faster from damages and are up to 50 times more resistant to environmental threats, such as coral bleaching caused by warming ocean temperatures.
Our film has been screened and awarded on various film festivals:
Best Theme – Kolkotta International Wildlife & Environment Film Festival, India
Wildlife Conservation Film Festival New York, USA
19th International Underwater Film Festival Belgrade, Serbia
Best Direction – Silently Short Underwater Movie Festival Belgrade, Serbia
Our World Underwater, Frisco & Chicago, USA
Wild Film Fest, Falmouth, UK
Innovation Award – San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival, USA
IFF Ekotopfilm – Envirofilm, Bratislava, Slovakia *upcoming*
We are very honoured!
You can watch the film here:
English: We live underwater (Biorock Coral Reef Restoration)
With German subtitles: Wir leben unter Wasser (We live underwater / Deutsche Untertitel)
French subtitles: Nous vivons sous les eaux (We live underwater / sous-titres francais)
The Jetlagged Biorock Camp – October 2016 on Gili Trawangan, Indonesia
Having seen the amazing success of Biorocks® with our own eyes, our plans for 2016 are to realize more coral restoration projects and workshops to help stressed or damaged coral reef ecosystems.
Through the great support of Tawo Diving in Germany, we will be able to return to Indonesia in October 2016 to build more Biorock® artificial reefs. If you want to participate as well in this great cause, you can donate directly by using the Paypal donation button below, or if you want to do more and join us, get in touch with us via firstname.lastname@example.org!