Earth’s coral reefs are dying at an alarming rate. The importance of saving Earth’s coral reefs is hard to overstate. Not only do they provide homes for wildlife, reefs also protect our shorelines, provide food for humans, and play a major role in the global economy.
The start up Coral Vita thinks it knows how to save them.
It is building the world’s first commercial, land-based coral farm — a place it can efficiently grow coral to later transplant into the world’s oceans. Once completed, the farm could be our best option for protecting one of Earth’s most precious natural resources.
According to Coral Vita’s website, by growing coral in land-based farms, the startup can utilize processes that aren’t possible underwater, such as microfragmenting, which allows Coral Vita to accelerate the growth rate of some corals by up to 50 times.
Land-based farming also gives Coral Vita the ability to control every aspect of a coral’s growing conditions, which it can use to ensure the coral it grows is more resistant to threats such as increased water acidification and higher temperatures.
The company plan to sell restoration services to resorts, developers, governments, coastal insurers, and everyone else who depends on these benefits.
Reference- Futurism, Coral Vita website