ARTIFICIAL REEFS INNOVATIVE APPLICATIONS
"Recreational Diving Oasis with Artificial Reefs™"
An innovative approach to enhance and restore marine biodiversity, support maritime
tourism and promote sustainable inclusive Blue Growth in the Mediterranean Sea
Artificial Reefs (ARs) are human-made structures that mimic natural reefs creating new habitats and shelters for marine life. It is widely accepted that snorkellers and divers prefer biological attributes of the marine environment and they show higher preference for fish abundance and fish size over corals.
The establishment of Marine Diving Parks with ARs favours biological productivity thus enhancing local populations of
fish and invertebrates especially in biologically depleted areas of the seabed.
ARIA's innovative ARs technologies offer a unique solution in designing and constructing "Underwater Recreational Diving Oases", providing a wide range of environmental services and offering durable socio-economic benefits to the tourism industry.
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ARIA is a spin-off company of the Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology & Aquaculture of the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research.
ARIA is constantly searching to develop innovative solutions for the construction of Recreational Diving Infrastructures in an effective, eco-friendly, sustainable, cost-efficient and profitable way.
Based on R&D experience of HCMR, ARIA is a strong and reliable partner for your most ambitious projects.
Institutional: regional and local authorities in charge with coastal planning, fisheries, tourism and the marine environment; marine research; MPAs.
Social and economic: professional fisheries associations, aquaculture, recreational fishing, boating, marinas, diving centres, diving schools and underwater activities, Chambers of Commerce, tourism operators and entrepreneurs, investors, tourism brokers, tourism facilities and service providers.
Technical and environmental: science, education and training in marine sciences, sustainable marine tourism, coastal management and marine spatial planning; conservation and nature NGOs.
Maritime transport and deployment of experimental artificial reefs in the Underwater Biotechnology Park Of Crete (www.ubpcrete.hcmr.gr)
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