LightSUP Hawaii & Legacy Reef Foundation Alliance
The Legacy Reef Foundation makes coral restoration accessible for shore communities that lost the reefs that were their main food source. LRF develops the technology necessary to install and run user-friendly coral restoration labs. Using a shipping container as a starting point, these off-grid, solar-powered, and portable labs are accessible to communities with few resources. "We ship these labs in 20-ft containers to shore communities that depend on reef fishing for their daily sustenance. After installing the labs, we train their local talent and provide them with remote technical support, including periodic checks on their progress."
With these local labs, the local community, lead by local scientists, can rebuild the near shore reefs that were lost to unenlightened mining practices. The labs will allow the corals to grow at an accelerated rate, buying the time needed to reestablish the marine ecosystem. In a couple of years, this functioning reef will provide the food security that these families are lacking today.
With their expertise and leadership, LightSUP Hawaii is stoked to join forces and begin projects that are close to home. Stay tuned for more announcements!