It is a young spin-off of ETH Zurich and aims at the global regeneration of coral reefs, the organization rrreefs based in Zurich.
Founded in October 2020, the team has developed an artificial reef structure as a modular system made of 3D-printed bricks of pure clay and has already installed it at a pilot site in San Andrés in Colombia. In the meantime, initial successes have been seen in the form of increased coral growth as well as a greater variety of fish.
In terms of size and design, the reef structure can be individually adapted to local topographies and flow conditions of the seawater. The surface structure of the artificial reef stones supports the settlement as well as the survival of coral larvae and thus promotes the reproduction and growth of corals as well as their adaptation to new environmental conditions.
In 2023, Marie Griesmar, Ulrike Pfreundt, Hanna Kuhfuß and Josephine Graf plan to establish rrreefs as an environmental social enterprise.
Under the leadership of attorney Dr. Carl-Richard Haarmann, BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT is supporting the dedicated team on this path by means of pro bono legal advice.
“We are pleased to be able to contribute to the success of such an innovative company,” said Dr. Carl-Richard Haarmann. “Our oceans are the livelihood of a growing global population and play an essential role in our climate system. Protecting the oceans should therefore be the predominant task of our present.”