Let’s talk about coral.
Coral reefs are some of the most diverse and valuable ecosystems on Earth. Corals are sessile, which means that they permanently attach themselves to the ocean floor, “taking root”, similar to most plants. However, corals actually comprise an ancient and unique partnership, called symbiosis, that benefits both animal and plant life in the ocean.
Coral reefs support more species per unit area than any other marine environment. Scientists estimate that there may be millions of undiscovered species of organisms living in and around coral reefs. In addition to supporting all walks of life, this biodiversity is considered key to finding new medicines for the 21st century. Many drugs are now being developed from coral reef animals and plants as possible cures for cancer, arthritis, human bacterial infections, viruses, and other diseases.
Despite their all-encompassing value, coral reefs are severely threatened by pollution, disease, and habitat destruction. By 2030, over 90% of the world’s coral reefs will have disappeared. The foundation of the marine food chain is dissolving, and with it, the livelihood of all organisms in the ocean.
Whether you’re an avid ocean lover, live in a coastal community, or have never stepped foot near the sea, coral is a crucial part of our human existence.
Counting Coral is a not-for-profit 501c (3) organization. We believe we can provide a unique approach by building an art-based dive park. The ultimate goal is to contribute to the coral restoration, align with existing scientific and educational work, influence coral regrowth efforts, and benefit local dive companies. Our approach is one of action; to sink a unique art-based dive park of stainless steel and concrete structures. The dive park structures serve several purposes:
- They, form a distinctive, never before seen, modern contemporary dive area, designed to alleviate pressures off natural coral reefs from high tourist diver traffic
- They can be used as a base to grow new corals through educational and scientific programs
- Diving on our site will be controlled and operated in conjunction with local dive companies, thereby creating a source of related earned income for redistribution into conservation efforts.
Counting Coral is dedicated towards aligning the arts, engineering, and science disciplines together to save the small populations of coral reefs that are left on this planet.
These stainless steel sculptures serve both aesthetic and purpose, acting as a first stage coral nursery and providing both physical support and awareness to the cause. In alignment with other coral conservation groups, Counting Coral aims to plant heat resistant coral, redistribute diver traffic from fragile reef systems, drive awareness through art, create stakeholders, educate and create community projects with funding from the sculptural park.
With as much as 25% of marine life dependent on coral reefs, we believe this is a vital mission for all of us. Corals are dying off at an alarming rate. Vast coral reefs are dying in as little as two weeks. Global warming, rising ocean temperatures, chemical runoff from farming, and tourist trampling are the main reason for coral death. The plight of the coral is hidden, we are truly blind to what is going on and it is our mission to take action. Much research and many studies have been done and we believe in action and this is our focus.
The overall goal is to reduce diver numbers at existing reefs, to help improve natural reef recovery time, and to grow coral on our dive park structures. We need passionate supporters and like-minded individuals to help us fund the foundation, the sculptures, and ultimately continue to fund new sea parks for coral restoration.