oyster protoreef reef restoration Jumpstart

Blue W Labs is developing oyster protoreefs: biogenic reef restoration structures

Oysters are ecosystem engineers ...

...that filter and clean the water, create complex reef architecture, critical habitats and nurseries for fish and other marine species, and form natural barriers to storm surge

but 85% of the worlds oyster reefs are functionally extinct

Informed by mature reef architecture and using 3D rapid prototyping, extruding and casting, Blue W Labs has developed the Protoreef.

Ceramic 3D printed protoreef

Modular and biogenic, protoreefs are made up of adult oysters and shell cultch in a cement base with a complex three-dimensional structure for juvenile oyster settlement and protection. Plastic-free and efficient, they can be produced using aquaculture techniques in three months.

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