MARS has been designed to help mitigate the growing effects that modern human activity is having on our marine environments. Unprecedented population growth is putting increased pressure on our oceans, not only because of climate change and pollution, but also because of destructive fishing practices, increased water runoff and dredging. Our irreplaceable coral reefs are some of the most bio-diverse and uniquely fragile eco-systems on the planet, and consequently suffer the quickest and most drastically from this human expansion.
MARS is a modular artificial reef structure that can be implemented by divers and tailored to suite the geographical layout of the ocean floor. The MARS units have been designed specifically for coral transplanting, which can quickly help re-grow coral reef areas that have been damaged. The structure can also help to increase the biomass of on area with or without existing reef features.
Based on over three years of independent research into suitable materials, MARS is designed to maximise the potential for sustaining ocean environments.
Alex Goad has been awarded "Best Product Design" in Industrial Design at the 2013 MADA Now exhibition.