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The race to build climate-resilient coral reefs

PUBLISHED 2024

Novel restoration methods can speed up the recovery of threatened corals – but for a lasting impact, they need to be backed by action to stop ocean warming

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How robots are being used to help regrow coral reefs

PUBLISHED 2023

An Australian scientist is harnessing the power of robots to regrow our threatened reefs. In the azure waters of the Abrolhos Islands, 400 kilometres north of Perth, marine biologist Dr Taryn Foster is cultivating coral.

AI Could Give Coral a Fighting Chance in Rapidly Warming Oceans

PUBLISHED 2023

Scientists are working on a unique solution to speed up coral restoration. But it may not be enough to save reefs.

Robots are trained to help revive coral reefs

PUBLISHED 2023

“It’s a really special part of the world,” says marine biologist Taryn Foster from the Abrolhos Islands, 40 miles from the coast of Western Australia. 

These ‘skeletons’ are made from construction waste and could help restore coral reefs at a massive scale

PUBLISHED 2023

Seven years ago, on a remote coral reef halfway between Indonesia and Australia, coral scientist Taryn Foster watched as record ocean temperatures decimated the pristine ecosystem that she’d been studying for years.

Coral Maker: Engineering new growth

PUBLISHED 2023

The struggle to repopulate Australia’s damaged coral reefs with new growth is too great for manual work alone. Stephen Holmes speaks to the team at Coral Maker about how it is using product development and manufacturing know-how to scale up the fight

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Robots Enter the Race to Save Dying Coral Reefs

PUBLISHED 2023

Biologists are working to quickly grow hardier specimens that can be propagated and transplanted by robotic arms.

Australian coral restoration tech company hoping to tap into biodiversity markets

PUBLISHED 2023

An Australian company looking at a novel approach to restore coral populations has suggested future biodiversity markets could provide the scale needed to save the fast-eroding species where blue carbon markets so far have not.

Meet the WA scientist making a business out of restoring coral reefs

PUBLISHED 2023

As a marine biologist, Taryn Foster never expected her career to lead her back home to her family’s masonry factory in Geraldton, 400 kilometres north of Perth, but that is exactly where she has been figuring out how robotics and automation can restore coral reefs.

Coral Maker incorporates tech with science to scale up the restoration rate and success of coral reefs.

PUBLISHED 2022

Historically, coral reef restoration projects have been conducted on a small scale and are generally quite labor-intensive. Coral Maker technology aims to mitigate these operational limitations by using mass production techniques to automate coral propagation.

Three WA startups tackling global climate change challenge

PUBLISHED 2021

Coral Maker is adapting technologies from the manufacturing industry and automating repetitive steps in the process.

Coral Maker awarded 2021 Autodesk Excellence Award for ‘Making a Better World’.

PUBLISHED 2021

These marine researchers want to use robots to help grow 1 million corals a year

PUBLISHED 2020

The natural beauty of undersea corals seems far removed from the factory-like world of automated mass production. But an enterprising reef scientist is combining the two in an effort to regenerate the world’s reefs.

Dying coral reefs are being saved by automation

PUBLISHED 2020

A team of researchers is developing a solution using robotics and manufacturing techniques to help grow a million new corals each year.

Coral Maker is Saving Coral Reefs With Additive and Traditional Manufacturing

PUBLISHED 2020

When many people hear “coral reef,” they picture a rainbow array of creatures coexisting on the ocean floor, snorkeling on vacation, and perhaps even the ever-optimistic Finding Nemo.