I just wanted to take a moment and say thank you to the crew of Reef ball Foundation, Eternal Reefs, Reef Innovations, all the contractors and volunteers all over the world who have helped protect and restore the marine habitats in their areas., as well as many all over the world.
As President of Reef Innovations and board member of Reef Ball I have had the great pleasure and privilege to volunteer and work on many projects all over the world for the last 28 years.
I started out just trying to do a small volunteer project off Cape Canaveral in Florida with a dive club in 1992 and now own my own business working alongside some of the best people in the world striving to make this beautiful planet a better place. The awesome people I have met worldwide that work or volunteer for the projects we do are special people with a pure heart to do whats right and they eat, sleep, breath this calling to protect and restore our marine ecosystems one reef at a time. These same people also help clean the beaches, waterways,reefs, plant native species, remove invasive and educate our youth and others.
These reefs do not have to be big, every single ball that goes in the water whether to provide mangrove, oyster, coral or fish habitat or even a breakwater is a seed that mother nature will paint as she sees fit to grow flora and fauna for generations to come. Every person that helped build that reef not matter if a worker, volunteer, or donor has learned something from it and knows they have contributed a piece of themselves and made an impact that will be here felt for generations to come.
I raise my cup to all these people and look forward to meeting and hearing from new ones that will join us on this journey.
Keep up the awesome work you do everybody, you are all special and our mission will make a difference.
from : ReefBallin Larry
Reef Ball Foundation works with grassroots organizations to rehabilitate our oceans by creating long-lasting artificial reefs, restoring these systems back to a natural and productive balance. Their staff and team of world-wide, ocean-loving volunteers are true heroes of the environment!
Great organization! I’ve always been impressed with the positive impact Reefball Intl. has made. I appreciate seeing the successful program videos from around the globe that are posted to let us know what’s happening.
The reef ball project has renewed my faith in humanity's ability to protect our oceans. I hope myself to have my ashes made a part of a memorial reef ball somewhere.
The Reef Ball Foundation has been a generous support of my students and school. Three years ago we began an ambitious restoration effort in New Haven harbor once famous for its thriving oyster industry. We are currently in the process of building an artificial oyster reef using Reef Ball modules and lab cultured oyster sets. Our students are involved in every step of the process and I am currently developing a scientific diving program for students to support the monitoring of our reef. None of this would have been possible if the foundation had not donated the mold and all the tools we needed! Even after the initial donation they have provided constant support and feedback. I am incredibly grateful for their support and the opportunities they have given my students!
I so greatly appreciate and fiercely support the urgent work of Reef Ball Foundation, Inc. Their efforts to restore reef ecosystems directly impacts the health of everyone. Thank you for preserving the most unique, beautiful, and critical places on Earth, -- our oceans.
The Reef Ball Foundation provides a great way for us to help protect the ocean and contribute with growing and restoring its marine life!
I've known and worked with the folks at the Reef Ball Foundation for the better part of two decades and in that time the work they've done is quite amazing. In these times of climate chaos, they are truly doing legacy work. The impact the Reef Ball Foundation has had on ecosystems around the world is immeasurable. As to the founders and staff, they truly are a selfless bunch focused on things that really matter in a family like setting. Commendable!
Burt Minter, Deep Blue Dive Services-Canadian Reef Structures.
As a journalist and advocate, I have followed a number of well-intentioned groups and organizations and seen so many of them part with or lose sight of their sense of mission and core values. Reef Ball is an intelligent, innovative organization that remains close to its mission, measuring its success in quantifiable ways. I value and often rely upon their expertise and no-nonsense approach to conservation. Amazing team. Kathy Kirbo is an inspiration to me.
The reef ball foundation has been an extremely important partner for CCA Maryland over the last many years. We use reef balls in our habitat and education program called the Living Reef Action Campaign. We work with students throughout the state of Maryland to make them aware of the value of reef habitat in the Chesapeake bay, and build reef balls to help increase the population of oysters, and the many other animals that help filter the waters of the Chesapeake Bay when living on reef balls.
We could not do this work with out the reef ball foundation's great products, vision and support
I have followed the amazing work of The Reef Ball Foundation for many years. I am both impressed by, and grateful for their dedication in preserving our environment by restoring reefs around the world. The projects they organize and effectively implement are of global importance.
Artificial Reef Balls gets Great coral propagation and incresed fish hábitat
Helps fisherman comunities
It is a not expensive tecnology giving a big enviromental benefits
As a native Floridian, I appreciate the work that Reef Ball does in working towards better environmental measures for the coastline in Florida (and, of course, around the world). Whether they are protecting and saving the mangroves, coral reefs or finding ways to eradicate the red tide plagueing
Florida's coast, they are doing their best to bring awareness of these issues to the public as well as finding solutions to heal the damage of over development.
From the moment we placed the Reef Balls in the bay of Porto Mari, Curacao, they provided shelter for all kind of species. Fishes, Invertebates etc. we aslo found all the coral species we normally find in the area settled on the Reef Balls.
We build the Reef Balls on location with the help of local labor and volunteers.
They became beautifully overgrown and form a nice snorkeltrail. Great artificial reef properties, neutral to the underwater environment offering shelter for juveniles.
The Reef Ball Foundation does contribute to the underwater environment through their innovative artificial reef structures and keep up with the latest developments. They stimulate awareness by working with local volunteers, involving schooling youth, invloving local bussiness when materials and labor are needed etc etc.
Started volunteering for the Foundation in the year 2000, this Foundation has been contributing for a long time. They also find funding for local projects. Highly recommend getting to know their projects or even volunteer in one of them. Its a great way to support nature.
Can’t say enough good about this company and the work they are accomplishing. As the founder and director of Coral Restoration Panama, we reached out the Reef Ball Foundation when we began. They were very open and helpful in getting us started in the right direction even though we were too “young” to be able to directly afford their services. They have continued on that path throughout our development years. Their demonstration of their true nature and their commitment to global environmental concerns is evident. Many Thanks.
I have been a supporter of the Reef Ball Foundation for many years. The great work they do around the globe is helping our oceans survive. There Eternal Reefs project is a wonderful way to remember a loved one and to help the environment. They were very caring and had a beautiful ceremony for my husband.
I have been following the Reef Ball Foundation for several years. They do great work in protecting not only our oceans but our shorelines well. They work around the globe and are passionate about saving the corals and native shoreline plants. Their unique reef design has proven itself to stabilize the wave activity,grow corals and provide habitat for marine life.
The Reef Ball Foundation is a wonderful charity to support. Their work not only benefits the environment, but carries an exponential benefit to local communities. I feel incredibly fortunate to be involved in the Reef Ball project at Paradise Cove on Grand Bahama. This project was completed in 2015 and is the largest contiguous reef ball reef in The Bahamas, containing over 300 reef balls. The installation of the reef balls on the south coast of the island not only serves as a viable way to restore shoreline, it also serves as a functional classroom for youths to learn about the marine environment. As someone who works with educating and mentoring young people, this project was, and still is an invaluable initiative to engage youths in various areas of learning.
I have also come to realize through firsthand experience that The Reef Ball Foundation genuinely cares about the sustainability of their projects through education, support and awareness, and for me that is really important. During the installation of the Grand Bahama project, we involved local youths in every step of the process from the start to finish. The Foundation allowed us to bring in student groups to assist with the preparation of the reef balls before deployment, the installation of the balls into the water and the preparation and planting of the coral plugs. We had community service groups, science clubs and college students all working on the project at various stages. The Reef Ball Foundation Chairman, Todd Barber even came on site to meet with the volunteer teams and work side by side with the children.
After the project was completed, we engaged local students to carry out coral growth and fish surveys on a regular basis. Once again, the Foundation assisted with providing expertise as to how we might go about using the site for ongoing data collection and connected us with the tools and organizations necessary to carry out these educational initiatives. The reef ball site has now become a popular place for school field trips and summer youth camps to visit, as it provides the children with a wonderful place to see marine life, enjoy themselves and learn about their environment all at the same time.
The Reef Ball Foundation is doing amazing work, and I am proud to be an ongoing volunteer for this Foundation.
I am thankful for the marine life conservation efforts of the Reef Ball Foundation, Inc. The education and restoration efforts provided by the Reef Ball Foundation are what gives the next generation hope for the preservation of this beautiful world.
The Reef Ball Foundation is an amazing organization that I have been lucky enough to be involved with. The positive impact they have had on the world’s marine ecosystems can be seen on a local level in many communities around the globe.
Saving the planets Oceans habitats, beaches, and Coral!
Reef Ball Foundation is a positive solution to a global problem.
It is rare to find an organization so committed to helping our coral reef restorations..
I have snorkeled at their Cayman Island beach erosion program and it was lasting positive experience.The amount of fish and the beauty of new coral growth was immersive.
The fact that you save beach erosion in the process was a win win for everyone.
Reef ball recently help sponsored the film "Chasing Coral" and help bring in over a thousand high school students to expose them to the global problem of dying reefs.
There education program will help find tomorrows,leaders,educaters ,and researchers in marine lifeforms technology.
I am happy that Reef Ball Foundations has produced so many positive results around the world.
I have collaborated with Reef Ball Foundation for many years. Their extraordinary mission to rehabilitate our world’s ocean reef ecosystems and their passion to protect our natural reefs using Reef Ball artificial reef technology, has made me very proud to have contributed to the rehabilitation of such a fragile ecosystem. Thanks to Reef Ball foundation for always keeping up their mission and transmitting to others their love for the marine environment.
I have been following this great reef protection/restoration project for years. I am very impressed with the before and after results, one more way to help restore our suffering reefs and shorelines. I would love to see the south florida municipalities pick up on reef balls as a more permanent resolution to beach replinishment along with near shore nurseries.
The Reef Ball Foundation is an amazing non-profig organisation. Their effort and knowledge about reef restauration is needed to help coral reef managers around the world with their projects. Furthermore, it is always amazing to see new reefs growing and life going back to deserted locations.
We used reef balls in 1999 already to restore a reef which was destroyed by Hurricane Lenny in 1998. They worked great and I am so happy that the Reef Ball Foundation is such a success.
Hard working folks who are passionate about marine habitat restoration and education.
Helping the worlds reefs is very important. Being able to give back to the oceans is a wonderful feeling.
With so much damage being done to our environment on a daily basis, it's great to have the Reefball Foundation attacking the problems at the source. Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; give the world a reef and you feed the world for.., well, for longer.
I've always been Impressed with The Reefball Foundation's execution of their mission. Not only have they developed a thoughtful proprietary solution to a global issue, they've also instituted standards that create a best practice to restore deteriorating reefs. The programs they've developed in addition to their original goal of coral reef restoration: Improving mangrove habitats, beach erosion control projects, and the innovative Eternal Reefs program point to the organizations commitment to innovation and sound stewardship.
It's also a great example of a successful volunteer based program, and it's global!
I have volunteered for Reefball in many different roles. Working a booth at an Earthfare event (met THE Captain Planet), Assisting with Fundraising (my first polo match) and other functions.
My favorite experiences are when I’m able to join a Reefball Team on site - working on Oyster Reefs in Alabama or on the coral table in Caymans or Antigua.
This is a fine organization that makes significant contributions to the effort to Save the Reefs!
This is a top-notch organization that is helping to save our struggling oceans and reefs. It's amazing to see how new life emerges as a result of these things. They organize local people and use local materials to make the reef balls which is good because the locals are helping themselves and have a stake in cleaning up the oceans that effect us all.
The Reef Ball Foundation is one of the most amazing environmental companies out there. I am 13 years old, and I learned about the Reef Ball Foundation through Kathy Kirbo, the Executive Director, who happens to be my aunt. When I was 8 years old, I did a school report on the Reef Ball Foundation and was able to show the teachers, as well as students, how a Reef Ball is deployed into the ocean. Everyone was so amazed at how they positivel effect the oceans and beaches. Reef Ball has opened my eyes to the world of environmental science, and now I am considering it as my future career choice.
Amazing photos of reef ball installations educated me as to the collaborative nature of this work. Locals in every country are full of smiles as they work alongside experts, casting, assembling and placing the product. Even more impressive are the completed photos of restored reefs. Amazed when I realized this small nonprofit in my town had so big a reach and impact around the world.
Reefball Foundation is a global non-profit working to rebuild coral reefs. Efficient and effective in their work, the small staff does an excellent job of building relationships with local residents, using their interest and skills, as well as resources, in a highly collaborative manner versus a top-down approach, which has proven to be highly successful. Hands down one of the best run non-profits I know of from many years of experience working with similar groups.
Hats off to The Reef Ball Foundation for their amazing contribution to the conservation of out planet. They are the unsung heroes of our oceans!. An innovative product is implemented by knowledgable staff and amazing volunteers who genuinely care about the future of our planet. Keep up the good work!
ReefBall tirelessly restores ocean habitats that have been damaged by mankind's various activities. They work around the globe with various private and governemntal entities to recreate favorable conditions for coral growth, fish, mollusks, crustaceans, and other sea creatures. ReefBall has substantially improved worldwide quality of life thru their efforts to improve Worldwide marine ecosystems. Hats off to these very hard working people!
A great organization dedicated to improving the marine environment and repairing the damage to reefs caused by natural and manmade events. A worthy nonprofit for volunteers to dedicate their time to and for donors to contribute their financial resources.
Reef Ball Foundation is an extraordinary organization, quietly doing vitally important work for our planet. Their reef balls are scientifically documented to restore reefs and to protect coastal areas, far more effectively than what some others have tried. They are careful with resources. Their staff are not only great at installing reef balls (and providing educational materials and activities) efficiently and effectively, they are individuals of complete integrity and commitment.
Since five stars is the limit, I enthusiastically give Reef Ball Foundation five gold stars.
It is my honor and privilege to write this review. When you use the words integrity, knowledgeable,essential, and professional you only start to scratch the surface as to what kind of organization reef ball really is. I had the opportunity to work with this team of highly dedicated professionals over the last few years, mainly with a project in the Bahamas in which we created the first underwater sculpture garden. Their expertise was integral to the completion of this project. If there's one thing that could not be missed it is that they love caring for and protecting the environment. In working with them I got the sense that it was more than just carrying out a task but a selfsacrificing attitude towards the protection of our oceans. I feel worthy having had the opportunity to work shoulder to shoulder with this group of highly trained professionals. With out them being around to continue doing what they do, we would lose a champion in the protective fight to safe our oceans. The world needs more organizations such as reefball, we are one step closer in winning the fight to save our waters as long as they are around.
This wonderful organization sent their Chairman to our Venice Girl Scout leader's meeting, he gave a presentation and helped educate many of our leaders about reef restoration and get them motivated to bring the message back to their girl scout troops. One of the troops, troop 198, worked directly with Todd Barber and his organization and chose to make this project their Bronze Award. Mr. Barber took the girls to Mote Aquarium, explained the entire Reef restoration process (including tons of science, like the importance of the PH levels of the Reef Balls, what fish are best served by each type, etc.) while the entire troop took notes. He also arranged for the troop to tour the factory. The girls paid for part of the Reef Ball with money they made from selling cookies (Reef Ball arranged for them to purchase it at cost!) Mr. Barber and his organization also helped the girls get the permits to launch their reef ball and helped arrange for a boat!! The girls were so excited and really learned so very much! They earned the Bronze Award and were able to present their project at the Young Women of Distinction Ceremony.
I have 15 years working in various areas of conservation and restoration of reefs, and with pride I can say that I belong to the family reef ball and I think his work is unique and it is the best technology designed artificial reefs, the design of the reef ball allows them to be used in different areas all with excellent results, projects that have worked in the Mexican Caribbean can be demonstrated the great contribution made to our oceans reef
Great organization has educated hundreds of kids about marine habitats while deploying over 700,000 reef balls worldwide for reef, oyster and mangrove restoration. I was a volunteer in the Bahamas transplanting coral onto an artificial reef and could see a difference overnight in the numbers of fish and other marine life making reef balls their home.
I became acquainted with the Reef Ball Foundation while I was with the Center for Marine Conservation in 1998 through their marketing efforts aimed at the dive community and developed interest in their efforts, both as a conservationist and diver. As a youth I grew up in the 60s and 70s in Indonesia and the Philippines snorkeling and diving then nearly pristine reefs. Over the years I have witnessed the devastation of this valuable resource worldwide. My experiences in the nonprofit world lead me to conclude that the most efficient and cost effective conservation work is done through volunteer driven efforts by Reef Ball and like organizations, as well as science based advocacy at the governmental levels. As a volunteer with Reef Ball I have seen first hand the positive impact that Reef Ball as my work with them has taken me to post-tsunami Thailand and to the hurricane damaged reefs of the Caribbean where I participated in all aspects of reef ball implementation and have assisted in Reef Ball's marketing and educational efforts aimed at the dive community. This organization is one of driven staff and hardworking and dedicated volunteers that needs to grow its educational and advocacy role and increase it fund raising ability and staff infrastructure to further maximize its impact.
Several years ago I had the opportunity to acutally go out on a barge to watch the Reef Ball team at work. What an amazing experinece to witness the reef balls being deployed into the water and within minutes seeing the fish begin to swim within the concrete balls. Even more impressive is to visit that same area a few months later and see the visual changes in the water and beach areas. A beach that had begin to erode was magically recreated in no time. The Reef Ball Foundation does an brilliant job in preserving our enviroment as well as educating people along the way.
While sifting through the thousands of files, videos, charts, maps, documents, etc. to organize for a website, I was amazed at the amount of knowledge on the world's coral reefs Reef Ball had accumulated. Their website is a veritable library of everything and anything you'd want to know about the Earth's reefs and the documentation on what Reef Ball has done in preservation and education is astounding. I've also worked with Reef Ball at various events to help raise awareness of what Reef Ball does as well as promote the amazing work it has accomplished.
My first experience with the Reef Ball Foundation was as a volunteer at a fundraiser. I was impressed with the creativity of the event and the skill with which it was organized. I've never had so much fun working so hard. Later I worked with children at Captain Planet events. Not only were there fun and educational activities for the kids, (painting small Reef Balls was a big hit) but there were great opportunities to engage the adults as well. The Foundation provides a great supply of visual aids that spark interest. I was also struck by the quality of the volunteers that came out for Reef Ball. I got to work with a troop of diving Girl Scouts as well as marine scientists. Executive Director Kathy Kirbo has amazing problem solving skills and sees to it that your volunteer experience is enjoyable as well as meaningful.
Reefball Foundation is one of the most effective and benevolent nonprofit environment rejuvenation organizations I have ever encountered. Their tireless efforts worldwide have only been possible through the goodwill necessary to attract volunteer personnel and resources, and the environmental return has been much more effective and efficient than in most nonprofits we see. Their ultimate overriding and omnipresent goal of “putting balls in the water” translates to rejuvenation of coral reefs necessary to rebuild the critical economic base of coastal communities. From rejuvenating the Tsunami-torn areas to re-attract environmental tourism (such as SCUBA diving) to generating fish production in fresh water venues, to countering the ill effects of pollution, global warming, beach loss, and other hazards, Reefball has been a leader in mitigating environmental damage while taking into account the intricate biology, physics, logistical, and economic considerations of performing such projects in an effective way. I fully support this project in its endeavors.
I began as a volunteer 10 years ago and over the years have become more involved in all aspects of the organization’s activities. I have been impressed from day one by this organization’s foresight in addressing the specific environmental concerns it deals with and the far wider environmental impacts thereof, the breadth and scope of activities, the knowledge, professionalism and dedication of its members and volunteers and by the results both immediate and long term of its projects around the globe. My association with this organization and the rewards from this association have been some of the most satisfying and proud of my life.
I was paired with the Reef Ball Foundation as part of a National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsored program which provides graduate students funding for internships with non-profit organizations. One of the most impressive things about the Foundation is that it operates on a 'people first' mentality: by driving awareness through community outreach and education, volunteerism, and collaboration, the Foundation not only stretches every dollar as far as it can go, it also accomplishes a key aspect of its own mission statement. Another thing I find refreshing is that the Reef Ball Foundation always strives to do the best thing for the ecosystem in any given situation (with revenue always second to environmental impact). Whether that means retaining additional scientific input/consultation, refusing to 'underbid' a restoration to get a contract, or even advising against the use of artificial reefs because they weren't the best solution for a given problem. Even in this competitive economy, with dozens of companies, riding the 'green wave' to make a quick buck, the Reef Ball team has stood on their principles, which is impressive to say the least
The Reef Ball Foundation has not only a highly dedicated and informed staff, but an impressive (and a continuously growing) base of volunteers worldwide who assist in building and implementing these unique artificial reefs on international trips. They offer excellent educational information from their web site and consistently provide outreach to children, school groups, and community based programs. Actually witnessing the Reef Balls themselves being deployed in the water was incredible and even more so to follow the growth of the reef from their photos and updates online as it developed and progressed. Both the staff and volunteers allow you to see their hands-on and up-close monitoring of the success of the artificial reefs. My hope is that the beneficial work and efforts of the Reef Ball Foundation, Inc. will be strongly endorsed and continue to thrive to the benefit of our environment.
Out of the several environmental non-profits I have worked with, Reef Ball Foundation is by far the most dedicated and hard working organization when it comes to making a real difference. I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to work with such a non-profit that continuously gets results and works untiringly to protect the ocean.
I have worked around the world helping to train local community's and international volunteers to propagate and plant corals, plant red mangrove trees in high energy areas, and to create artificial reefs specifically tailored to the specific goals and problems facing local marine habitats. I am very proud to be associated with such a broadly reaching, hands on, action oriented international non-profit.
I worked on two projects with the Reef Ball Foundation. On both, I worked with an international team of dedicated, hardworking and knowledgeable volunteers who relocated imperiled coral to a safe location on artificial reefs designed and deployed by the Reef Ball Foundation. The coral came into harms way both through natural (hurricane)and the actions of man (dredging). The rescued coral, some of which was hundreds of years old judging by the size, thrives today. Coral reefs are vital to the health of our oceans,
What an amazing contribution Reef Ball Foundation makes to people, communities, nature and the future! To arrive and see the devastation caused by man to both the undersea and coastal areas. To see the joining together of natives and volunteers from all over the world. To take the most simple of materials, mold them into reef balls, and through hard labor create a foundation for nature to once again strive and rebuild the sea life and beaches. What was lost is now reviving. One of the most rewarding experiences I've ever had. Reef ball monitoring and updates have shown me that each of my contributions has made a true difference to the future beauty and nourishment of my world.