Artificial reefs don’t just have to be sunken ships, but can be beautiful works of art as well. These reefs can become a tourist attraction and a chance to learn about ocean restoration efforts.
Shelby Thomas and her team at Ocean Rescue Alliance are creating artificial reefs to increase engagement and understanding around how we can save our ocean habitats.
Because although the ocean can be so mysterious, all life depends so much on the ocean, and the ocean not just being there, but being healthy as well.
So make sure you listen to this entire episode to understand how Shelby is not only creating beautiful artificial reefs, but educating the public on the importance of ocean ecosystems and why it is so important to preserve them.
|0:00 - Restoring Ocean Ecosystems|
|1:31 - Ocean Rescue Alliance Intro|
|2:17 - Examples|
|3:58 - Structure development|
|5:03 - Created both by hand and machine|
|6:05 - Fine tuning the placement|
|7:04 - Lifespan of artificial reef|
|7:45 - Seeds for a full reef|
|9:31 - How art is incorporated into the structures|
|10:51 - Incorporating culture|
|11:25 - Shelby’s Vision|
|12:47 - Shelby’s background|
|15:33 - How anyone can get involved and help|
|17:38 - Ocean Rescue Alliance’s educational programs|
|19:28 - Stage of development for virtual reality program|
|20:00 - Lesson topics within program|
|21:34 - Ocean Rescue Alliance NFTs|
22:38 - Number of NFTs
23:28 - 1000 Mermaids module cost
24:16 - Goals for the next 6 months
25:47 - What Shelby is learning
26:39 - Tip for Ecopreneurs
27:33 - Perfect partner for Ocean Rescue Alliance
28:18 - Best way to contact Shelby is by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out Ocean Rescue Alliance’s website:
1000 Mermaids Project https://1000mermaids.com/
Check out this interview that I mention at the end of the episode with Mariska Nell:
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