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Preserving Reef Ecology by Putting Plastic in the Ocean

With its calcium carbonate structure, reef-forming coralline algae has an ecological function very similar to that of coral. And, as is the case with coral reefs in general, the algae is currently at risk due to global warming and ocean acidification. Led by Dr. Federica Ragazzola, scientists from Britain’s University of Portsmouth are doing something about it – they’re creating synthetic reefs in the Mediterranean Sea, made from artificial coralline algae.

The fake algae is composed of a non-toxic elastomer, and fronds of it are being fastened to rocks using epoxy resin. Each mini reef measures 10 cm in diameter (3.9 inches), and consists of a cluster of 20 fronds. The first of the reefs have already been installed near existing natural coralline algae reefs in Italy, with plans for a total of 90 to be set up over the next year.

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» Publication Date: 28/06/2017

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