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Marine Restoration Program

Overview

Utilizing the oceanographic knowledge of YPDR’s CEO Christopher White, a former commercial deep sea diver, and President Joseph Ferris III, a master mariner with over 15 years experience piloting scientific research vessels, YPDR is restoring native marine habitats through the use of artificial reefs.

Accomplishments

 

Constructed 1250 marine domes (artificial reef structures) to mimic native coral, attract fish, and stimulate coral regeneration. Each marine dome can stimulate the growth of over 45 kg (100 lbs) of biomass every year!

 

Deployed over 1200 marine domes into the Visayan Sea, the marine biodiversity center of the world, that has experienced 98% reef destruction in recent decades.

 

Conducted dozens of underwater surveys to locate and map damaged reefs.

 

Built a low impact oceanographic research vessel, a floating bamboo raft for marine dome deployments, and operates the only dive compressor on Bantayan Island.

 

Dome construction and deployment can be sponsored starting at as little as $25.  Please contact Captain Joseph Ferris at joseph.ferris@ypdr.org to assist in rebuilding Bantayan’s marine habitats today!