Coral Microbiome Boosters For Shore Protection, Tourism Revenue, & Biodiversity Protection

Coral Reefs Reduce Storm Damage in Tropical Countries

Shore adjacent coral reefs act as natural barriers in reducing up to 97% of wave energy, minimizing beach erosion and reducing storm surge damage from hurricanes and tropical storms. Shore-adjacent shallow reefs are the most susceptible to increased sea surface temperatures. Fortunately, the same threatened coral reefs are also the key to increasing their heat tolerance via CMBs.

The economic value of risk reduction by shore-adjacent coral reefs is highest in urban areas where every meter of reef along the shore provides 2,500 USD per year in flood protection from reduced storm surge.

Healthy reefs can blunt the storm surge damage, the same storm can turn degraded coral reefs into rubble, increasing damage on land while hindering new coral growth.

Unlike artificial barriers, healthy coral reefs can increase in height to keep up with rising ocean levels while also maintaining the most biodiverse ecosystems on the planet.

Case Study in Return on Investment in Keeping Coral Reefs Alive with CMBs

After 5 years, financial losses from flood and storm surge damage will exceed annual recurring treatment costs (based on an annual estimated warming of 2°C). As we continue to develop our coral value model, we will integrate biodiversity data and tourism data to price in the true value of coral with accurate high resolution climate modeling.

We’ve also been able to model when coral bleaching events would happen so CMB deployment can be most effectively used.

Maintaining Tourism Revenue through Ecosystem Preservation

Coral reefs are estimated to bring in $36 billion in annual tourism revenue to tropical countries all around the world, anywhere from hundreds of thousands to millions of square kilometers. These include direct reef activities such as scuba diving and snorkeling and indirect activities like enjoying the beach, kayaking, paddleboarding, and consuming local seafood.

Entire countries and regions depend on coral reefs as a major driver of their economies: Maldives, Bonaire, Quintina Roo in Mexico, Queensland in Australia, Indonesia, Philippines, Fiji among others. Many beach front properties like hotels and resorts rely on their connection to the ocean as a major part of their value proposition to their guests. Coral Microbiome Boosters can ensure ocean dependent tourism industries continue to thrive in our ever warming oceans.

 

Protecting Biodiversity

25% of all marine life depends on coral reefs in spite of them covering less than .01% of the ocean floor. They are the most biodiverse ecosystems on the planet, hosting even more biodiversity than the Amazon rain-forest. The combination of habitat complexity, nutrient cycling, warm and shallow waters, mutualistic relationships, adaptations to conditions, high productivity, reproductive strategies, and global connectivity makes coral reefs incredibly diverse and ecologically important ecosystems. Thousands of species of fish, invertebrates, algae, plants, and microorganisms  directly and in-directly rely on reefs for everything from breeding to habitation to hunting. Some coral reef dwelling species like parrotfish even directly aid in beach maintenance by producing sand throughout their life times, as much as 2,000 pounds a year.

Various marine organisms found in coral reef environments, including sponges, soft corals, and other invertebrates, have been studied for their potential medicinal applications ranging from cancer, anti-inflammatories, and antifungals. Coral Microbiome Boosters can ensure these genetic secrets that are yet to be unlocked, can produce life saving medicines for millions of people.

During the CMB development process, Azul Bio uses visual identification, eDNA measurements, and transect surveys to quantify the impact of the Coral Microbiome Booster. These metrics can be used to grant biodiversity credit rights to those that are preserving these ecosystems. As tourists grow more conscious of their impact, there will be an increasing demand on the hospitality industry to show how they help steward their local environments.

Coral Reef Benefits

Reduced Storm Damage

Tourism Revenue

Beach Maintenance

Biodiversity

Contact us today for a coral reef modeling analysis for your beach front property to ensure a continuous tourism revenue stream while protecting biodiversity.