The CCell digital reef creates a habitat for marine life and supports the regeneration of fish stocks. The reduction of wave power has the added benefit of depositing sand on to beaches, which not only increases protection from storms but also enhances the aesthetics of the coastline.
The CCell solution can also incorporate eco-tourism opportunities. Features integrated into the reefs, such as sculptures and lighting, have the additional benefit of creating an underwater attraction and interactive experience.
The creation of an underwater interactive experience to run alongside a CCell Reef is an enterprising initative designed to develop eco-tourism to a region. This has the potential for revitalising the local economy, engaging the local community and extending the marine protected zone.
This has fuelled an upward trend for Underwater Tourism to both traditional diving adventures, such as swimming within marine habitats and the exploration of ship wrecks, and new experiences like discovering underwater museums, admiring art exhibits and even encountering submerged tanks and aeroplanes.
An underwater trail of sculptures and structures creates a stunning visual effect for divers of all abilities and a living habitat for sea life.
Underwater Tourism is estimated to be worth over US$20 billion while coral reef tourism generates in excess of US$35 billion per annum.
The design and assembly of miniature sculptures and words formed from loops of steel add complexity and randomness to a reef.
Under supervision they can then attach these to active regions of the reef, which over time will accumulate rock and promote a varied habitat to the benefit of small fish and corals.
Over time these features will become immersed within the DNA of the structure.
Telchac Puerto is a small fishing village in the Northern Yucatan. The area has been affected by coastal erosion and seen a dramatic decrease in fish stocks.
In partnership with the local communities we launched a project to create an underwater dive site. This aims to develop tourism within the area to revitalise the local economy, while establishing a marine protected zone.
Incorporating the strong Mayan influence within the region, subtle and stately shapes of the Mayan zodiac form the artistic inspiration for prominent sculptures, which are surrounded by a vibant CCell coral reef.
This site will restore the beauty and diversity of the region creating a site of marine restoration, environmental education and cultural appreciation.