We have all heard of precision agriculture. Our aim is to build precision aquaculture. Reef Support is an online monitoring and predictive maintenance tool that uses artificial intelligence and satellite imagery for aquaculture management.
Certification of farmed seafood is rising, however certifying the food production remains challenging because significant production is associated with smallholder farms in developing areas. Certification programs today rely on annual in-person audits that is only affordable by a limited number of larger farms, which also has been difficult to conduct due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. While certification programs are moving to supplement audits with more frequent farmer-submitted information, this too has been challenging due to the lack of incentives for sharing data. Reef Support brings together insights from the farm paired with knowledge from the eyes of the skies.
Each year, billions of pounds of trash and other pollutants enter the ocean. Where does this pollution come from and where does it go? Some of the debris ends up on our beaches, washed in with the waves and tides. Some debris sinks, some is eaten by marine animals that mistake it for food, and some accumulates in ocean gyres. Other forms of pollution that impact the health of the ocean come from sources like oil spills or from accumulation of many dispersed sources, such as fertilizer from our yards. Despite the economic benefits of tourism, beach managers have grown increasingly resistant to continued resort development due to lack of clear predictive insights and planning strategies.
Healthy reefs act as natural barriers, protecting coastal cities, communities, and beaches from pounding ocean waves. Nearly 200 million people depend on coral reefs to protect them from storm surges and waves. Without coral reefs, many beaches and buildings would become vulnerable to wave action and storm damage. With more frequent and severe storms predicted as part of climate change, coastal protection services will become even more important in the future.