Habitat Health

ReefGen launches their automated coral planting robot CORA

Climate change poses numerous threats to our oceans and the diverse and vibrant life within them.

These threats include ocean acidification, toxic algae blooms, and severe declines in key species, to name a few. There is also a strong need for data about the magnitude of these impacts. We support the development of technologies that can help restore balance to ocean ecosystems, with a particular focus on key habitats, such as kelp, coral reefs, and oyster beds. We also look for technologies that monitor, mitigate, and prevent coastal pollution and the spread of invasive species.

Current Partners


San Francisco, CA

An automated coral & seagrass planting system, to rapidly restore these ecosystems.

Great Bubble Barrier

Amsterdam, Netherlands

This technology stops plastics from flowing past, but it also allows fish and ships to pass through the barrier unimpeded.

Green Gravel

Perth, Australia

A novel kelp restoration technique that involves seeding small rocks with juvenile kelp, rearing them in a lab or other facility, and then outplanting them in the field.

Kelp on a line

New Haven, CT

This vertical farming system grows a mix of seaweeds and shellfish that require zero inputs, generating sustainable seafood while sequestering carbon and regenerating the marine ecosystem.

Reef Disks piled up
Grow Oyster Reefs

Charlottesville, VA

In partnership with the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, they’re developing ecosystem restoration techniques that stimulate the complementary growth of oysters and seagrass on manufactured tiles.

YOPP Pellets
Mango Materials

Albany, CA

A renewable byproducts company delivering bio-based, biodegradable alternatives to plastic. They are currently investigating ways to apply their technology to remove pollution from coastal waterways..

Corals growing
Plant a Million Corals Foundation

Sarasota, FL

Rapidly accelerating coral growth for restoration through micro-fragmentation at a rate that is 25-40 times faster than they occur naturally on the reef.

Save the Waves

Santa Cruz, CA

Mobilizing communities to protect coastal ecosystems across the globe from pollution, development, and other threats.


Boston, MA

Building a decentralized model allowing farmers to produce their own biochar out of biowaste. Applying biochar to their crops reduces nutrient runoff into waterways, sequesters carbon, and increases crop yields.

Zanzibar Seaweed Cluster Initiative

Zanzibar, Tanzania

A community organization working to improve the livelihoods of local seaweed farmers and increase understanding of both seaweed science and seaweed’s economic value.

Ocean Visions

Atlanta, GA

Building a roadmap to thoughtfully increase the ocean’s ability to sequester carbon, in partnership with leaders in ocean conservation.

People near water tank
The Indonesian Nature Foundation (LINI)

Les Village, Bali, Indonesia

Supporting the conservation and management of coastal marine resources with a focus on reef restoration.

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For a full list of partners both past and present, visit the Schmidt Marine Partner Directory.

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