The Coral Ark, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, enjoys a number of competitive advantages including access to proprietary technology and a staff of highly educated and experienced scientists and operators. It also boasts an exclusive relationship with Sea Dwelling Creatures – Exotic Reef imports, the world’s largest wholesale distributor of aquarium animals and supplies. It is intended to leverage SDC-ERI’s significant base of research institutions, public aquariums, and tourist destinations to engage the public in an aggressive educational program concerning the plight of marine ecosystems and conservation.
A 16,000 square foot facility has already been sourced and rented to launch the initial pilot phase of the project. This warehouse space will be able to house approximately 50,000 gallons of coral, invertebrate, and fish aquaculture. Based out of this facility it is contemplated that a pilot coral reef restocking effort will be launched within the first year of inception. It is anticipated that the project will need to be relocated to a more rural, agricultural setting within the first year to accommodate the ongoing scaling of efforts and expanded scope.