Now, a Hong Kong-based startup is 3D printing hexagonal tiles from clay which are installed on the seafloor and planted with young coral.
A coral-specific algorithm tells a robotic arm how to print the tiles’ labyrinthine structure. This not only promotes growth but enables corals to achieve a 98% survival rate.
Meanwhile, the tiles have been spread across around 100㎡ of Hong Kong’s waters. Next stop: Abu Dhabi.
Governments and clients can take out subscriptions which last three years and include maintenance and monitoring.
In Papua New Guinea, a group of indigenous female divers is striving to maintain the country’s marine biodiversity.