For decades conservation charities have been trying to save the oceans, but sadly, the tide hasn’t turned in their favor. In just the past 40 years, we’ve killed off half the world’s coral reefs, with 20% dying in the past three years alone.
What if entrepreneurs could harness the power of business to actually make it profitable to quickly rebuild coral reefs?
That’s the bet Coral Vita is making. The Bahamas-based start-up is pioneering on-land coral farming techniques that rapidly grow corals at 50 times the pace they’d normally grow, then transplanting them onto imperiled reefs.
Meet the company’s cofounder and chief reef officer, Sam Teicher, and learn not just what we’re doing that’s killing coral reefs, but how for-profit coral farming could just bring them back.
Resources recommended by Sam
- Halcyon House was Coral Vita’s incubator
- JMK Innovation Prize awarded Coral Vita
- Echoing Green where Sam is a fellow
- Leadership Lessons of Lincoln is the book Sam recommends in this interview
- “How startup Coral Vita is making a business case for restoring reefs”
- “The world’s first land-based coral farm will soon grow reefs in the Bahamas”