The Biorock Project of Pemuteran: A Hauntingly Beautiful Reef Restoration Project

by | Aug 5, 2014 | Conservation, Science | 0 comments

Screen Shot 2014-08-01 at 2.43.44 PMOn my search for a new and improved “Octopus Bicycle”, I happened upon this wonderful Award Winning Reef Restoration Project in Indonesia. Many factors such as pollution, cyanide fishing, and coastal erosion have contributed to the deterioration of modern day Indonesian reefs and surrounding Indo-Pacific countries over the past twenty years. Enter the Biorock Project – the brainchild of two scientists who discovered “Electrical Mineral Accretion”, a technology that uses low-voltage currents in seawater that causes dissolved minerals to crystalize and form structures quite similar to limestone, where corals can flourish and grow. The structures, which are anything from old bicycles, to metal crabs, to Sea Goddesses, have had incredible success. Coral grows at a healthy, rapid rate, with an abundance of fish life and invertebrates as well. The structures themselves are beautiful, as if you’ve stumbled upon ancient runes being reclaimed by the deep. This site is definitely going onto my “Must Dive” list. More photos and information can be found here and here. On another note, my OctoBike search hasn’t been very fruitful, so feel free to send suggestions my way! I fear I may be doomed to choose the pricey, albeit satisfying, “custom” route.

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  • Caitlin Nichole

    I'm a New York Reef Enthusiast and Fish Nerd, amateur photographer, dog lover, beer brewer/drinker, cocktail mixer, semi-seasoned chef, Prosecco Indulging, lightly foul-mouthed, slightly antagonistic, sorta-artistic, wordy bookworm of a girl. Dog mommy of three, an Abyssinian dubbed "Mau", plus one Dwarf Cuttlefish and a few Clarions. I have a tattoo of an Octopus with flowers on my rear. I ride my bike to the beach and sip bourbon with a good (reef) book while watching the waves. I like to think I'm witty and charming - but I'll let you decide.

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