Sustainable Oceans International is a social enterprise dedicated to developing and delivering effective strategies for the mitigation of impacts to reefs around the world.
There are already many excellent organisations and government departments surveying and monitoring the health of reefs and addressing the causes of reef decline by setting up MPA's or reducing land based activities that are impacting reefs. An awful amount of reef damage has already occurred so our goal is to complement these programs by helping fill the gap in knowledge regarding how to repair the damage already done.
We are the only social enterprise in the world that specialises in reef design and construction and reef restoration.
We can help you design reefs to enhance coastal infrastructure, jetties or marinas, increase fish stocks, repair damaged reefs, create tourist attractions or offset dredging impacts. Designing reefs is not something we do on the side or within other environmental consulting services. Building with nature is not something you learn overnight. It takes time and experience. Because we are focused, we provide you with the most effective solutions.
We are your specialist partner whether you are an existing environmental consultancy, government department or NGO. Add us to your design team during the proposal preparation phase or during the retrofitting of existing projects.
If you need to offset or mitigate dredging impacts to reefs (or other important marine habitat), relocate corals out of a dredge zone, or need a coral mitigation plan for a dredging permit, we can help. Our experts find ways of reducing the impact of dredging and coastal development projects to protect coral reefs, maintain or enhance biodiversity and keep projects on schedule.
We are not in the business of just moving corals from one location to another. We use our specialist knowledge to reconstruct a productive reef so that maximum benefits are gained for you the client, the community and the environment. We have produced dredge mitigation plans for major port construction and pipeline shore pulls and we deliver on time and on budget.
Reef Restoration - Reef CPR! (coral preservation and restoration)
Tired of swimming by over turned or broken coral and feeling helpless to save it? Are you keen to do more than survey reefs to confirm coral loss? Are you frustrated and depressed at the sight of fields of thriving coral reduced to coral rubble that will become overgrown with weed? We were! Using our experience and techniques of relocating, propagating and planting corals and constructing reefs we have put together a fantastic new program called Reef CPRTM for dive centres, resorts, NGO's or individuals wanting to 'turn the tide'. We can help you repair damaged or degraded coral reefs with our proprietary reef restoration and reef rehabilitation strategies.
>> Click here to download our Reef CPR flyer.
And restoration makes smart business and economic sense.
Artificial Reefs (constructed reefs)
As part of a sustainable development strategy we help you 'build with nature' whether you are constructing artificial reefs; restoring fish habitats for recreational and commercial fishing, creating sustainable resort tourism programs or fish friendly marinas.
We have been designing and building artifical reefs since 1991 and are unique in that we are not restricted to one type of artificial reef unit. We have over 12 different designs of reef unit we use and we also design custom units to suit your specific application and location.
How we can help you...
If you are in the process of:
- Planning or designing a coastal development
- Seeking a dredging permit
- Restoring a degraded reef
- Need training in reef restoration; or
- Require an artificial reef to improve fishing, create a fish friendly marina, compensate for impacts, reduce beach erosion or drive tourism
Sustainable Oceans International consultants have the experience to help your project succeed.
Restoring a reef or building a new reef is like building a vibrant city
Our philosophy is that constructed reefs (artificial reefs) should be inspired by nature and mimic natural reefs in appearance and function. Creating a natural looking underwater landscape complements the marine ecosystem, maintains biodiversity and maximises productivity. This is where our underwater architects go beyond solving the immediate or short term environmental issues. We turn underwater slums into vibrant and healthy neighbourhoods.Our team are passionate about conserving our marine environment and have a combined knowledge of over 60 years with marine impact mitigation and have worked on complex projects across the Middle East, Asia Pacific, Africa and Europe.
>>Read our Tech Note on the key points of how designing a reef shares the same principles as designing a city. A great tool to help explain the reef design process.
>>Read about our team of experts.
>>Read about our work.
If you need a highly experienced team that is dedicated to working with you to help you achieve your marine conservation and sustainable development goals… contact Sustainable Oceans today.
Building or planning a marina?
Checkout this short presentation below for some suggestions of how you can increase value by maintaining or even enhancing marine biodiversity of your marina development.
Fish Friendly Marinas
Here's an article by SOI Director David Lennon in the Dec issue of the Marina Industry Associations magazine.
>> Fish friendly marina design
SOI can provide the full suite of services from assessing marinas and recommending strategies to increase fish habitat, to providing and deploying the most appropriate fish habitat. Retrofitting a marina is always the most costly option so if you are designing are marina, get in touch with us and we can show you the most cost and ecologically effective strategies to boost biodiversity and fish numbers.
Reef CPR for the GBR!
SOI is partnering with Cairns based 'Sustainable Reefs' and Southern Cross University in order to establish a Reef CPR (coral preservation and restoration) program that includes a research and training centre and coral adoption and planting program that will allow the tourism industry to play a role in helping the reef and to help fill gaps in knowledge about effective restoration strategies for impacted areas on the Great Barrier Reef. This knowledge will then be used in training programs to build the capacity of the dive industry and key government partners to respond to ship groundings, cyclone damage and general reef breakage occuring at high use sites. In effect it is pioneering a new philosophy of recognising that while the reef is traditionally resilient, it is unable to quickly recover from the huge stresses we are placing on it. Just as we have maintenance programs in land based parks, we now must do the same with our marine parks.
The program covers the science, art and business of restoration which is key to its success.
The Adopt-a-Coral program spearheaded by coral mascot 'Ari' will allow tourists, locals and anyone internationally to contriibute to saving the GBR.
Tourists, especially those snorkelling and diving can leave the reef in better condition than they found it! Therefore turning tourism into a tool for reef preservation. Considering the huge tourism value of the GBR...its the least we can do!
Contact us if you'd like to be involved.
Qater reef constructed to offset port impacts
SOI prepared the coral mitigation plan for the new Doha Port to reduce impacts of this important project and this included coral relocation and construction of a purpose designed artificial reef.
SOI's sister company Reef Arabia based in Bahrain, manufactured, delivered and deployed the concrete reef units for this mitigation requirement.
Summary of projects and product development, 2012
Here's our quick overview of some key projects and new constructed reef units we've worked on in 2012.
>>Read key highlights of 2012 here
Culturally Sensitive Artificial Reef Design
Local customs and architecture are considered when planning new buildings...as underwater architects, we believe there are benefits of doing the same when designing a reef.
But its not just about designing a pretty replica for the seabed! The design must also appeal to the marine life of the area.
We describe a good example of how this can be done in our Tech Note 4 - download here .
World's First 3D printed Artificial Reef!
In a world first, an advanced construction sized 3D printer has been used by SOI to revolutionise artificial reef design and produce reef units that look and function like a natural reef, a major step forward in a bid to restore lost and damaged reefs around the world.
>> Read the full media release here
Latest underwater footage from Bahrain artificial reef program
Reef 6, eight weeks after deployment.
Australia Unlimited features SOI
Australian innovation and can-do efficiency is restoring the world’s ocean reefs and creating sustainable marine environments.
Read this article and the background on why we do what do >>click here .
By Kristie Kellahan
We have a winner!
Sustainable Ocean Innovation Award 2012
...and the award goes to...GhostNets Australia for their work in northern Australia tackling the serious problem of lost fishing nets called 'ghost nets'.
The group has found ghost nets measuring 10km long and recorded a myriad of marine species that get entangled as the nets drift along with the currents. The destruction caused by ghost nets continues as they near shore, often wrapping themselves around delicate coral reefs and coastal mangrove systems.
"The GhostNets Australia program is a fantastic example of innovation in action"l.
>>Read the media release here: Sustainable Ocean Innovation Award 2012
SOI constructs first 'cod cave' to help save Murray cod
Murray cod are Australia's largest freshwater fish and overfishing and loss of essential habitat has decimated their numbers. SOI has been contracted to design and construct a concrete unit to help restore some of the essential breeding habitat the fish require. September surveys found a 1.03m Murray Cod right on top of a cod cave so that was very exciting and confirmation they are working. Sidescan image by ACT Government.
SOI wins 2 Year Contract - Bahrain
SOI and partner Reef Arabia have won a two year contract to design, build and monitor 10 artificial reefs around Bahrain.
>>Further details and photos of deployment of first reef in Bahrain
>>Bahrain newspaper article in Arabic
SOI Completes Coral Mitigation Plan for New Doha Port
SOI conducted the necessary surveys and prepared the coral mitigation plans for the New Doha Port and naval base construction which includes a 10km long shipping channel and impact footprint of 4.5km2. Our mitigation plan included accurate coral surveys to quantify the size, type and number of corals within the imperiled and threatened zones, and detailed recommendations on relocation methodology, relocation sites and compensatory artificial reefs to offset loss of productive reef structure.