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Reef Innovations: Restoring Marine Ecosystems with Reef Balls

September 12, 2023 by Reef Innovations  

Welcome to Reef Innovations, where we specialize in coral reef and sea life restoration with novel reef ball creations. Our mission is to make artificial underwater habitats and reinvigorate the sea life population. These safe underwater dwellings include our reef balls, reef layer cakes, reef cubes, and other constructions.

Today, we’d like to highlight the reef balls we make, available in various sizes and arrangements.

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What are Reef Balls?

Reef balls are an artificial reef technology, designed to be sent into various parts of the ocean floor to establish new homes for fish, starfish, sea flora, and other organisms. It’s a proven remedy for areas that have sustained rapid reef erosion. Believe it or not, the earliest application of this concept goes back to 250 BC, when the ancient Carthaginians used stone reefs to block their adversaries from sea invasion.

Nowadays, reef balls come in many shapes and sizes, ranging from about 30 pounds and reaching upwards of several thousand pounds. Most of them have interconnecting holes to help facilitate sea life entry. While you can position reef balls almost anywhere in the ocean, they work especially well in areas around seawalls, underneath docks, or any place with extensive reef depletion.

If you explore some of the ones we make, you’ll find many options for diverse shapes, weights, and sizes. Here’s a quick sample of how that works.

  • Oyster Balls (smaller, 9-inch reef balls)
  • “Original” Reef Balls (three feet, five inches long)
  • Goliath Balls (much more massive reef balls; almost five feet long)
  • Goliath Balls w/Base (these are over six feet long)
  • . . . plus several other versions.

How Do Reef Balls Restore Sea Life Habitats?

Some of the more extensive reef ball projects involve the deployment of thousands of reef balls to cover larger areas of the seafloor. You can use reef balls to accomplish objectives such as:

  • Protection of sea turtles (who love these underwater dens as a sanctuary from predators)
  • Take advantage of old sunken ships (like this sunken Civil War Era Tug) to attract sea life
  • Enhancing fishery opportunities in certain locations (including popular shellfish delicacies, like oysters)
  • . . . and many other purposes!

Contact Reef Innovations to Learn More

We also invite you to follow everything we’re doing to expand this and other projects all across the world. We’ve deployed reef balls in places as diverse as the Gulf Coast and Mid Atlantic to overseas locations in Africa, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East. If this excites you, then you can even hire us for consulting services, and launch your very own reef ball endeavors.

Reef Innovations would like to thank you for checking out our focus on reef ball designs and purposes. This is already making a difference, but we’d love to partner with you to accomplish more. Contact us anytime to learn more about this novel aquatic engineering method by calling 941-330-0501.

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With over 30 years of combined experience in research, product design, and manufacturing of Reef Balls, Reef Innovations is a leader in innovative design and construction materials for Reef and Breakwater projects.

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