The Reef Ball Foundation


is a 501(c) 3 publicly supported non-profit and international environmental NGO working to rehabilitate marine reefs. Our mission is to rehabilitate our world's ocean reef ecosystems and to protect our natural reef systems using Reef Ball designed reef technologies.
We have placed well over 1/2 million Reef Balls™ and conducted over 6,000 projects in 62+ countries with a global reach of 70+ countries. Our projects include designed artificial reefs, ground-breaking coral propagation and planting systems, estuary restoration, red mangrove plantings, oyster reef restoration, erosion control, and expert collaboration on a variety of oceanic issues.
 We work with governments, other NGOs, businesses, schools, research institutes, private individuals and community organizations and emphasize education on preserving and protecting our natural reefs.
For more detail and featured projects see our Impact page.

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We are excited to announce the Reef Ball Foundation is a finalist in the 2017 World Technology Awards in the category of Environment.

Other finalists this year include Solar City (Tesla), Scott Kelly - Astronaut, NASA, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard University, NASA June Mission. Past environmental finalists include Amory Lovins, Bill McKibben, Elon Musk, City of Seoul Office of the Mayor.

We are excited and honored to be listed among these fellows and are grateful for your support and encouragement over the years as this award is a tribute to all of our partners, supporters, volunteers, friends and Reefballers all over the world.

About the award: This year's (2017) World Technology Awards brings together the most innovative people and organizations in science and technology from around the world, exploring what is imminent, possible, and important in and around emerging technologies. Each year The WTN inducts approximately 100 individuals and institutions as new members from the annual award finalists in twenty award categories. Ours is a diverse and prestigious fellowship that includes many of the best minds and companies in the world.

All Winners and Finalists are now considered a Fellow of the World Technology Network (WTN) and part of this peer-elected, global community of the most innovative people and organizations in science and technology and related fields. There are now over 1,500 Fellows spread out over forty countries in all regions of the world, elected since 2000. We had close to 1,000 nominees this year in all our award categories (20 awards for individuals; 10 awards for organizations). Those eligible to vote on your nomination were your most innovative peers (the winners and finalists for the awards for individuals from previous annual awards cycles) selecting approximately five finalists only per category. You’re part of a truly amazing group."

About the World Technology Network: The WTN is a curated membership community comprised of the world's most innovative individuals and organizations in science, technolog;y, and related fields. The WTN and its members – those creating the 21st century – are focused on exploring what is imminent, possible, and important in and around emerging technologies.

The WTN brings key players together – from cutting-edge technologists to forward-thinking financiers, from conceptual futurists to grounded entrepreneurs, from insightful science writs to savvy marketers, from big-picture government officials to focused policy analysts, and from the world's leading corporations to the world's newest start-ups – helping to make things happen sooner and better than they might have.

The WTN exists to encourage serendipity – the happy accidents of colliding ideas and new relationships that cause the biggest breakthroughs for individuals and institutions. The WTN works to accomplish its mission through global and regional events for its members (and others) to help make connections among them, and to examine the likely implications and possible applications of emerging technologies.
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Breaking news!

We are excited to announce the Reef Ball Foundation is a finalist in the 2017 World Technology Awards in the category of Environment. 

Other finalists this year include Solar City (Tesla), Scott Kelly - Astronaut, NASA, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard University, NASA June Mission. Past environmental finalists include  Amory Lovins,  Bill McKibben, Elon Musk, City of Seoul Office of the Mayor. 

We are excited and honored to be listed among these fellows and are grateful for your support and encouragement over the years as this award is a tribute to all of our partners, supporters, volunteers, friends and Reefballers  all over the world. 

About the award: This years (2017) World Technology Awards brings together the most innovative people and organizations in science and technology from around the world, exploring what is imminent, possible, and important in and around emerging technologies. Each year The WTN inducts approximately 100 individuals and institutions as new members from the annual award finalists in twenty award categories. Ours is a diverse and prestigious fellowship that includes many of the best minds and companies in the world.

All Winners and Finalists are now considered a Fellow of the World Technology Network (WTN) and part of this peer-elected, global community of the most innovative people and organizations in science and technology and related fields. There are now over 1,500 Fellows spread out over forty countries in all regions of the world, elected since 2000. We had close to 1,000 nominees this year in all our award categories (20 awards for individuals; 10 awards for organizations). Those eligible to vote on your nomination were your most innovative peers (the winners and finalists for the awards for individuals from previous annual awards cycles) selecting approximately five finalists only per category. You’re part of a truly amazing group.

About the World Technology Network: The WTN is a curated membership community comprised of the worlds most innovative individuals and organizations in science, technolog;y, and related fields. The WTN and its members – those creating the 21st century – are focused on exploring what is imminent, possible, and important in and around emerging technologies.

The WTN brings key players together – from cutting-edge technologists to forward-thinking financiers, from conceptual futurists to grounded entrepreneurs, from insightful science writs to savvy marketers, from big-picture government officials to focused policy analysts, and from the worlds leading corporations to the worlds newest start-ups – helping to make things happen sooner and better than they might have.

The WTN exists to encourage serendipity – the happy accidents of colliding ideas and new relationships that cause the biggest breakthroughs for individuals and institutions. The WTN works to accomplish its mission through global and regional events for its members (and others) to help make connections among them, and to examine the likely implications and possible applications of emerging technologies.
On Septemper 30th the Scouts of Troop 446 worked with the Hernando County Port Authority to build reef balls. These reef balls, along with reef balls made by other groups and organizations, will be placed in the waters off Hernando 
County to help preserve and improve our marine environment. A year from now we plan to visit the reef balls we made in their marine environment. So stay tuned to see how our project is progressing a year from now.

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Jim McFarlaneThis is great to see Happening, For 23 years I pushed for a plan of continuously adding modules, getting students involved. It is great to see the seeds and energy put in has been taken up by others and they are hard at work in Hernando County. Each person involved in this project will have a greater appreciation for the marine environment and will spend years snorkeling, diving and fishing along the coast thanks to their efforts today.

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Reef Ball research project in Newfoundland, Canada. Burr!

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Pamela Little Hinchliffe BolandYou a bunch a wooses❣️❣️❣️

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Happy Holidays from everyone at the Reef Ball Foundation! We appreciate your support over the last year!

Ginger Bread House with Reef Ball living shoreline. Read more about it here: https://circa.uconn.edu/2017/12/06/a-resilient-gingerbread-house/
 
You can read more about the impact of our work here:
http://rbfdevsite.com/impact/
 
You can support our work here: http://rbfdevsite.com/donate/

Via Keith Kolasa: The new reefball reefs are looking good. Lots of spottail pinfish, tomtates, sand perch, and sea bass. ... See MoreSee Less


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why we do what we do about reef ball

why is the ocean important? about reef ball

The ocean covers 71% of the Earth's surface, contains 97% of the planet's water and no matter where you live we rely on the ocean for the air we breath. Ocean plants produce half of the world's oxygen and ocean waters absorb almost one-third of human-caused carbon dioxide emissions. The oceans also regulate the weather and form the clouds that bring us fresh water.
The value of our oceans impacts us through fisheries, coastal protection, jobs, tourism, food, transportation, medicine, our economy and just by their existence.

 

our-oceanGraphic courtesy of NOAA

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why are coral reefs important?

Coral reefs, often called the rainforests of the ocean, are the largest living structures on Earth. Coral reefs can be found around the world, bordering over 100 nations and cold water reefs are found deep in the Mediterranean and North Sea. Coral reefs are key to keeping the oceans healthy in addition to the economic value they provide to nearby communities and the world. Approximately 850 million people live within 100 km of and derive some benefits from coral reefs. Recent studies indicate the value of reefs in economic services - jobs, tourism, etc., to be $375 billion US per year.

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here's how their value impacts us:

Fisheries: Fishing is perhaps the most direct form of human dependence on coral reefs and the fish that live on coral reefs provide a significant food source for over a billion people. Coral reefs and the connected ecosystems such as mangroves, seagrass and oyster reefs also provide important nurseries, food, and shelter for many economically valuable species which migrate to the oceans when mature.
Healthy coral reefs can yield 15 tons of fish and other seafood per square kilometer and commercial and recreational fishing derived from coral reefs accounts for billions of dollars per year worldwide. The (responsible) aquarium trade reaps millions more from reef fish and invertebrates.

Coastal Protection: Over 150,000 km of shoreline receive protection from violent ocean events by coral reefs.  Healthy coral reefs buffer wave energy, acting as natural barriers protecting coastlines, inhabited areas and lives. Areas with healthier reefs have suffered less loss of life, property and economic damage in storms. Read more here.

Biodiversity: Like the rainforests, coral reefs one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet. They support 25% of all marine life while covering less than 1 percent of the ocean floor. These biologically rich ecosystems are estimated to support around 4,000 species of fish, 800 species of reef-building corals and thousands of other species of invertebrates. See this Stanford University microdoc on coral reef biodiversity.

Food and Jobs: Over 500 million people have some level of reliance on reefs for food directly or through fishing or other use of reef resources. 275 million depend directly on reefs for livelihoods and sustenance while 30 million people are virtually totally dependent on coral reefs not just for food and jobs but for the very land they live on. The tourism industry alone generates billions of dollars - and millions of jobs directly related to coral reefs - with this being the largest contributor overall but particularly to coral-based economies - more than the value of fishing and coastal protection.

Medicine: As biodiversity reservoirs coral reefs offer the promise of "bioprospecting" for cures for a variety of diseases with compounds - discovered and yet to be discovered - found among their great plant and animal biodiversity. Compounds derived from species found in reefs are used in the treatment of leukemia, ulcers, cardiovascular diseases, bacterial infections, viruses, skin cancer, and more while coral itself has been used for skin grafting materials. Read more here.

Economy: The economic benefits of healthy reefs - and the loss due to their degradation - are immense. Learn more here.

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The increased human pressures on our ocean and reef systems is putting a tremendous strain on the health of coral reefs. Threats include over-fishing, destructive fishing practices like bottom trawling and dynamite fishing, careless tourism, pollution, garbage, sedimentation, coral mining, climate change and ocean acidification.

Read more on natural and man-made threats to reefs, conservation efforts and what you can do to help protect the reefs we still have.

here's how we help.

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