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Over the last few months I have been steadily working on a feature about Biorock technology – a potential solution to the many problems faced by coral reefs around the world. The process is remarkably simple and, whilst still at an experimental stage, offers real hope for the rehabilitation of coral reefs, even in less than perfect conditions.

I first started photographing Biorock projects in 2009 here in Bali and in Lombok, but recently have been fortunate enough to meet and document the work of Thomas Goreau, founder of the Global Coral Reef Alliance and developer of Biorock technology. Thomas was recently in Pemuteran in NW Bali to install an experimental wave generator that will be used to power a Biorock structure – the first time this has been attempted in Indonesia. He also attended the 8th annual Biorock Training Workshop on Gili Trawangan, Lombok, where over 50 people were trained in Biorock construction techniques.

I am currently writing up a feature about Biorock which I will be sending out to magazines etc, but in the meantime I wanted to share a selection of images from both Bali and Lombok.  If you would like to learn more about this technology, please visit the Global Coral Reef Alliance site.  You can also browse my full gallery of Coral Reef Restoration projects.

Healthy hard corals growing on a Biorock reef restoration structure, Gili Trewangan, Lombok, Indonesia.
Healthy hard corals growing on a Biorock reef restoration structure, Gili Trewangan, Lombok, Indonesia.
Divers swim past a Biorock structure, Gili Trewangan, Lombok, Indonesia.
Divers swim past a Biorock structure, Gili Trewangan, Lombok, Indonesia.
Graduate student Soli Viitasaari working on a Biorock experiment, Gili Trawangan, Lombok, Indonesia.
Graduate student Soli Viitasaari working on a Biorock experiment, Gili Trawangan, Lombok, Indonesia.
An experimental anode, with Biorock structures in the background, Gili Trawangan, Lombok, Indonesia.
An experimental anode, with Biorock structures in the background, Gili Trawangan, Lombok, Indonesia.
Participants at the 8th Annual Biorock Workshop learning how to construct an anode from magnesium mesh, Gili Trawangan, Lombok, Indonesia.
Participants at the 8th Annual Biorock Workshop learning how to construct an anode from magnesium mesh, Gili Trawangan, Lombok, Indonesia.
Scientist Thomas Goreau checking a newly built Biorock structure during the 8th Anuual Biorock workshop, Gili Trawangan, Lombok, Indonesia.
Scientist Thomas Goreau checking a newly built Biorock structure during the 8th Anuual Biorock workshop, Gili Trawangan, Lombok, Indonesia.
Hard colony colonies growing on a Biorock structure, Gili Trawangan, Lombok, Indonesia.
Hard colony colonies growing on a Biorock structure, Gili Trawangan, Lombok, Indonesia.
Participants at the 8th Annual Biorock Workshop collecting coral fragments from a damaged coral reef, Gili Trawangan, Lombok, Indonesia.
Participants at the 8th Annual Biorock Workshop collecting coral fragments from a damaged coral reef, Gili Trawangan, Lombok, Indonesia.
Participants at the 8th Annual Biorock Workshop collecting coral fragments from a damaged coral reef, Gili Trawangan, Lombok, Indonesia.
Participants at the 8th Annual Biorock Workshop collecting coral fragments from a damaged coral reef, Gili Trawangan, Lombok, Indonesia.
Newly collected coral fragments onboard a dive boat, Gili Trawangan, Lombok, Indonesia.
Newly collected coral fragments onboard a dive boat, Gili Trawangan, Lombok, Indonesia.
Thomas Goreau from the Global Coral Reef Alliance examining a older Biorock installation, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia.
Thomas Goreau from the Global Coral Reef Alliance examining a older Biorock installation, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia.
A Resen Wave generator deployed at Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia. The generator will be used to power a Biorock installation.
A Resen Wave generator deployed at Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia. The generator will be used to power a Biorock installation.
Thomas Goreau from the Global Coral Reef Alliance holding a sample cut from a Biorock structure, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia.
Thomas Goreau from the Global Coral Reef Alliance holding a sample cut from a Biorock structure, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia.
An unusual Biorock structure partially covered in hard corals, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia.
An unusual Biorock structure partially covered in hard corals, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia.
An unusual Biorock structure made from recycled bicycles, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia.
An unusual Biorock structure made from recycled bicycles, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia.
Sign declaring the Pemuteran Biorock Coral Restoration Area as a no-fishing zone, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia.
Sign declaring the Pemuteran Biorock Coral Restoration Area as a no-fishing zone, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia.
A small Biorock structure in the shape of a star, partially covered in hard corals, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia.
A small Biorock structure in the shape of a star, partially covered in hard corals, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia.
Thomas Goreau from the Global Coral Reef Alliance preparing a wave generator that will be used to power a Biorock installation, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia.
Thomas Goreau from the Global Coral Reef Alliance preparing a wave generator that will be used to power a Biorock installation, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia.
Staff members reattaching the power supply for a Biorock structure, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia.
Staff members reattaching the power supply for a Biorock structure, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia.
Staff of Karang Lestari Foundation attaching a coral fragment to a Biorock structure, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia.
Staff of Karang Lestari Foundation attaching a coral fragment to a Biorock structure, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia.
Sculpture of Wolf Hilbertz on a Biorock structure, Pemtueran, Bali, Indonesia.
Sculpture of Wolf Hilbertz on a Biorock structure, Pemtueran, Bali, Indonesia.
A coral fragment cemented to a Biorock structure, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia.
A coral fragment cemented to a Biorock structure, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia.
A diver examining a Biorock structure, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia. Streams of hydrogen bubbles are released from the cathode as a result of electrolysis.
A diver examining a Biorock structure, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia. Streams of hydrogen bubbles are released from the cathode as a result of electrolysis.
A diver examining a Biorock structure, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia.
A diver examining a Biorock structure, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia.
Healthy hard and soft corals growing on a Biorock reef restoration structure, Gili Trewangan, Lombok, Indonesia.
Healthy hard and soft corals growing on a Biorock reef restoration structure, Gili Trewangan, Lombok, Indonesia.
A diver examining a Biorock structure, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia.  The cable in the foreground is the power supply for the structure.
A diver examining a Biorock structure, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia. The cable in the foreground is the power supply for the structure.
Healthy hard corals growing on a Biorock reef restoration structure, Gili Trewangan, Lombok, Indonesia.
Healthy hard corals growing on a Biorock reef restoration structure, Gili Trewangan, Lombok, Indonesia.
A Biorock structure, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia. The cable in the foreground is the power supply for the structure.
A Biorock structure, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia. The cable in the foreground is the power supply for the structure.

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