Oceans and coral reefs are the backbone of a multitude of ecosystems and for human livelihood.
Unfortunately, we have already lost or severely damaged more than 50% of coral reefs and 85% of oyster beds worldwide. Studies estimate nearly all reefs will be at risk by 2050 unless action is taken now to reduce the threats. These alarming projections are increasingly becoming a major challenge in many parts of the world.
We aim to change that.
Fine-tuning feeding regimes is crucial because stocks fed too little lose valuable weight, while over-feeding wastes resources and pollutes the local environment. The skill of gauging when and how much to feed takes years to develop. To gain knowledge and experience, farmers remain onsite every day (weekends and holidays included) for months – spending more time at work than with their families. And not every farmhand is a fish-feeding expert. But what if human skills and knowledge could be passed on to monitoring software? Our AI and GIS models allows us will deliver a robust decision-making tool for precision aquaculture.
Each year, billions of pounds of trash and other pollutants enter the ocean. Some of the debris ends up on our beaches, washed in with the waves and tides. Waste then sink, eaten by animals that mistake it for food or accumulate in ocean gyres. 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. We brings informative insights to better manage coastal and land-based pollution for healthier beaches and coastlines.
Coral reefs are exceptionally valuable; they provide food, livelihoods and economic opportunity to more than half a billion people in over 100 countries; they are also teeming with life, hosting a quarter of all known marine species. Nearly 200 million people depend on coral reefs to protect them from storm surges and waves. Increased acidification, pollution, fishing and other forms of coastal activities all impact our fuure of our coral reefs.
Reef Support has decided to collaborate with FruitPunch AI to set up a 2 month (Oct - Dec 2021) Hackathon, inviting data scientists to analyze underwater photographs to infer the health and growth of coral reefs. Learn more about how you can join this amazingly impactful challenge!
On the 1st of June, Reef Support had the incredible opportunity to present the factors contributing to the demise of coral reefs around the world at Lycée Français Vincent Van Gogh. This also marks the start of Reef Students.
In September 2021, Reef Support’s vision for strong international coordination and community building of an ocean prediction capacity for the future has led to a science programme submitted to the UN Decade of Ocean Science.
At the start of 2021, we have had the opportunity to begin an incredible journey and partnership with the Coral Restoration NGO, Indonesia Biru Foundation (IBF), based on the island of Lombok, Indonesia.
On the 23rd of April, students of TU Delft were invited to participate in the 2021 Hackathon organised by YES!Delft Students and work on a case of Reef Support. Read more to find out about the winning teams and ideas!
New platform launches, hackathons, investment opportunities, free workshops and webinars.