July, 31, 2012 - 07:38AM

The 8th Indonesian BioRock Training Workshop

 

The Global Coral Reef Alliance (GCRA), Founded in 1990, is a small, non-profit organization dedicated to growing, protecting and managing the most threatened of all marine ecosystems—coral reefs.

GCRA is a coalition of volunteer scientists, divers, environmentalists and other individuals and organizations, committed to coral reef preservation. We primarily focus on coral reef restoration, marine diseases and other issues caused by global climate change, environmental stress and pollution.

We employ a method which allows reefs to survive and recover from damage caused by excessive nutrients, climate change, and physical destruction. The mineral accretion, or the Biorock® Process, is owned by Biorock®, Inc. and is licensed to GCRA. This technology has been successfully applied to fish and shellfish mariculture as well as to growing limestone breakwaters to protect islands and coastal areas from erosion and rising sea levels. Coral reefs built with the Biorock process are now growing in Maldives, Seychelles, Thailand, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Mexico, Panama and, in one of the most remote and unexplored reef areas of the world, Saya de Malha Banks in the Indian Ocean.

 

Have a look at this Facebook video from Biorock® Indonesia

 

GCRA scientists work with foundations, governments or private firms to build, restore and maintain coral reefs, nurseries and marine sanctuaries. Projects include restoration and construction of coral reefs for mariculture and tourism as well as breakwaters for shore protection.

The Biorock® Process or mineral accretion is a technology used to grow structures and marine ecosystems in seawater.

It provides a cost-effective and sustainable method to accelerate coral growth and increase coral survival particularly in areas where environmental stress has affected existing reefs. Biorock® methods can help restore damaged coral reefs and provide building materials from sustainable energy resources for mariculture of corals, oysters, clams, lobsters and fish. When mixed with aggregates, “Biorock® Materials”, (accreted minerals) can be used as building components on the sea bottom or on land, especially to design and build wave breakers.

Biorock® is holding a convention on Gili Trawangan on the 12th-18th November 2012,

here is a little from their wesite;

The 2012 Biorock training workshop brings professional coral restoration experts and lecturers into the classroom to engage participants in all aspects of coral reef restoration using the definitive Biorock method.
Workshop sessions will cover all aspects of theory and practice including design, construction, installation, monitoring, maintenance and repair of Biorock sites. Additional lectures will cover the basic principles of coral reef ecology, threats to coral reefs, and environmental restoration.
Over the course of the 7 day workshop participants will have the opportunity to use their knowledge as they plan and invoke all the steps involved in constructing, deploying and populating Biorock structures with coral fragments.

Who Should Attend?
Dive shop operators, hotel and resort managers, conservation groups, coastal zone managers, fishing communities, marine scientists, mariculturists, tourism agencies, seascape and landscape architects, engineers, artists, government fisheries, environmental, and tourism policy makers, and others who seek the training necessary to design,construct and operate their own Biorock structures for reef restoration, erosion control, tourism, mariculture, remediation or marine science.

Since hands-on in the water instruction is part of the workshop program, although it is not necessary, we recommend that participants interested in that portion be experienced, certified divers.We anticipate attendance from Indonesia, many Asian countries and from around the world, making this workshop a unique experience for participants to learn from one another about coral reef problems and solutions.

Many thanks to the Global Coral Reef Alliance & The Gili Eco Trust for their relentless hard work.