In the sea, benthic biodiversity is closely linked with the three-dimensional diversity of a habitat. This is particularly so on both cold water and tropical reefs. Unfortunately, over-use of reef areas through unwise development, destructive practices, and over-fishing are leading to the global collapse of these important environments and the resources that they have supplied.
Fizzy Transition Ventures is breaking new ground with the development of proprietary artificial structures that quickly create super-diverse, sustainable marine communities that sequester meaningful amounts of CO2 from the ocean as they grow. They are suitable for use in repurposing oil and gas fields into commercial fisheries, recreational scuba diving destinations and can function as standalone replenishment areas for overfished species in regions of high human population density.
The first of these structures is part of a coral nursery in East Malaysia. Operated in conjunction with the Department of Marine Parks Malaysia and supported by the Alunan Resort, Oceanaut Marine, and Universal Divers it is Malaysia’s first large scale Coral Reef Rescue Project.
ARTIFICIAL REEF MATERIALS DEVELOPMENT
Artificial reef structures are, for the most part, constructed of Portland based concrete for economic reasons. Unfortunately, Portland concrete mixtures are chemically aggressive to many sessile marine species and have a large carbon footprint.
Fizzy Transition Ventures is further advancing its proprietary product known as SynCoral®. This laminated material incorporates recycled components and surface properties that promote coral settlement and growth. Originally developed on the Great Barrier Reef, test sites in the Strait of Malacca and Malaysia’s South China Sea are in use to “adjust” chemistry and optimize settlement of a diverse range of species.
SynCoral® is now incorporated in our ECO-Reef System. It enhances sessile community development in both tropical and cold-water environments. It can significantly boost biodiversity and productivity on repurposed oil and gas platforms, wind farms, and standalone artificial reef systems.
Fizzy Transition Ventures runs a Coral nursery at Perhentian Kecil, Malaysia to grow new corals for the restoration of damaged coral reef.
Perhentian Experimantal Coral Nursery Update, June 2019