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12.01.2007

Reef Balls Another Alternative

My previous post on recycled carbon sparked questions about what is a reef ball?

I first read about them in Wired magazine article about alternatives for cremation remains. There are organizations such as Eternal Reefs, Inc.
that incorporate human remains into the natural marine environment to support coral and microorganism development. This is an ecologically sound way to help rebuild our dying reefs and to create habitats for
marine life. A loved one can be incorporated into a reef or a family can purchase a large artificial reef to house the entire family.

More importantly, the reef balls are part of a program is working through the Reef Ball Foundation to restore and protect natural coral and other reef systems, partially through the development of artificial reefs. The cremation remains business came later and is not the reason the Reef Balls were originally designed. Currently, there are artificial reefs off 56 countries.

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