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OceanShot and PADI Unveil 2024 Plans

Published: December 18, 2023 - 17:57
Updated: December 18, 2023 - 18:01
OceanShot and PADI Unveil 2024 Plans

OceanShot, a pioneering project dedicated to restoring coral ecosystems, recently made a significant announcement regarding the next stage of its expansion.

This exciting news was shared during an unparalleled underwater panel at the Global Citizen Forum, marking a first in history.

OceanShot and PADI

The innovative discussion took place beneath the ocean’s surface, bringing attention to the urgent condition of our seas and the crucial role of coral reefs. OceanShot’s co-founders, climate scientist Dr. Deborah Brosnan and global philanthropist, environmental advocate, and entrepreneur John Paul DeJoria, were joined by esteemed guests. These included Dr. Drew Richardson, CEO and President of PADI, the Prime Minister of Antigua & Barbuda Gaston Browne, and Armand Arton, the founder of the Global Citizen Forum. Together, they engaged in a groundbreaking session that dived deep into our oceans’ future.

Emphasizing the need for cross-sector collaboration across tech, government, science, and entrepreneurs, the forum announced OceanShot’s next coral reef deployment and plans to break ground on the OceanShot Lab in Antigua. Watch the full panel here.

Talking about the importance of our oceans, in the ocean, is unique, and it brings home our powerful connection to the sea,” Dr. Brosnan said. “It’s quite simple: no oceans, no us is a fact. The sea provides 50% of the planet’s oxygen and has absorbed 90% of the excess heat from climate change. If we protect nature, she protects us – and our reefs show that so well.

OceanShot and PADI
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With 8 billion people on the industrialized planet now, the future of the world’s ocean has never been more dependent on our decisions and actions to prioritize ocean life support – as humanity and ocean are both vulnerable and both codependent,” says Dr. Richardson, one of the most influential people in scuba diving who has transformed PADI’s mission to create a billion Ocean TorchbearersTM. “By partnering with leaders from OceanShot, Global Citizen Forum, and Antigua & Barbuda, we are committing to inspiring more innovative and positive solutions for the health of coral reefs, the ocean, and our joint futures on this shared blue planet.”

OceanShot and PADI
OceanShot and PADI Announce Major Plans for 2024, including New ‘Blue Lab’ and Reef Expansion

The ocean belongs to all of us, and together we’ve got to do right by it.” said John Paul DeJoria. “We have the opportunity now to show the world that real solutions exist – and we’re thrilled to be entering the next phase of OceanShot to continue restoring healthy coral reefs.”

Oceanshot’s evolution to implementable, scalable solutions.

One year ago, Dr. Brosnan officially launched OceanShot, designed to promote the concept of restoring reef ecosystems and the many habitats and services that they provide.  The program includes the growth and recovery of resilient corals. Created in partnership with John Paul DeJoria, the pair worked closely with the Government of Antigua and Barbuda and created a partnership with PADI and Global Citizens Forum.  AI cameras deployed on the ocean floor have shown that 36 species of fish have moved into the newly created habitats along with many key invertebrates from lobsters to octopuses.  During the year, the flagship project grew to include 16 coral nursery trees growing over 3,000 fragments for outplanting nine species to support coral restoration.

The solutions provided by OceanShot were designed to be transferable, scalable, and deployed to other nations – and now, the project is expanding further into Antigua and the United States:

  • OceanShot Living Lab: Breaking ground on Antigua and Barbuda, the OceanShot Lab will be a place to test new technologies for reefs and marine life, and ultimately create solutions for other island nations to readily deploy.
  • Expansion of Reef Modules: OceanShot announced plans to deploy the second of its tailor-made coral modules in the coming year. Much like the flagship project off the coast of Barbuda, OceanShot will engage local communities, coral reef biologists, sea level rise experts, and coastal engineers for an intensive, year-long ecosystem study to best design coral modules.

We are not only working to restore corals but to create a fully functioning reef ecosystem that can mitigate climate change, sea level rise, storm surge and keep sand on the beaches,” said Dr. Brosnan. Adding, “OceanShot can now be deployed globally, to help governments prioritize ocean resilience and blue economy industries like fishing and tourism, as well as restore biodiversity.

OceanShot and PADI
OceanShot and PADI Announce Major Plans for 2024, including New ‘Blue Lab’ and Reef Expansion

About OceanShot

Founded by renowned marine scientist Dr. Deborah Brosnan and famed businessman and philanthropist John Paul DeJoria, OceanShot is a scalable coral reef restoration project that focuses on restoring the full ecosystem and the services it provides.  Reef modules are architecturally designed to restore a full once-thriving ocean ecosystem, and all the services it provides, including protecting shoreline and ocean communities from the ravaging impact of storms and sea level rise, supporting biodiversity, as well as to reviving ocean-dependent local economies. OceanShot assembled a team of coral reef biologists, sea level rise experts, coastal engineers, and the local community on the island nation for an intensive, year-long ecosystem study – including monitoring innovative AI cameras to analyze the natural ecosystem, including fish diversity, coral growth, and wave patterns. Reefs were then designed in a lab and planted in the ocean.

The first phase of OceanShot was the deployment of 5 Built Reef Modules off Barbuda in October 2022, and several others are in the design process and will be deployed in the coming year.  In October 2022, John Paul DeJoria, Dr. Deborah Brosnan, program and the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda announced the development of an OceanShot Center and Innovation Lab to be built on Barbuda. The programme is managed by Deborah Brosnan & Associates. For more information, visit the web page.

About Deborah Brosnan & Associates

Deborah Brosnan & Associates brings 25 years experience of in successfully crafting innovative science-based solutions to environmental challenges for discerning clients worldwide who want the best for their projects, environment, and community. Led by renowned scientist Dr. Deborah Brosnan they are sought out by companies and governments seeking lasting solutions to climate change and environmental issues.

About John Paul DeJoria

An entrepreneur and philanthropist based in Austin, Texas John Paul DeJoria co-founded Paul Mitchell and Patrón Spirits Company. Throughout his career, John Paul has made philanthropy his core mission, always remaining true to his motto, “Success Unshared is Failure.” In 2011, he signed Bill Gates, Melinda French Gates, and Warren Buffet’s “The Giving Pledge” as a formal promise to continue giving back. The same year, he established JP’s Peace, Love & Happiness Foundation alongside his family as a hub for his charitable investments, which seek to contribute to a sustainable planet through investing in people, protecting animals, and conserving the environment.

About PADI

PADI® (Profesonal Association of Diving Instructors®) is the largest purpose-driven diving organization with a global network of 6,600 dive centers and resorts, 128,000 professional members, and more than 29 million certified divers to date. Committed to our blue planet, PADI makes the wonder of the underwater world accessible to all, empowering people around the world to experience, explore, and take meaningful action, as Ocean TorchbearersTM, to protect the world beneath the surface. For over 50 years, PADI has been undeniably The Way the World Learns to Dive®, setting the standard for the highest quality dive training, underwater safety, and conservation initiatives while evolving the sport of diving into a passionate lifestyle. For divers by divers, PADI is obsessed with transforming lives and, with its global foundation, PADI AWARETM, creating positive ocean change. Seek Adventure. Save the Ocean.SM

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Marcin Pawełczyk
Marcin’s journey with diving has been an adventure. Starting as a recreational diver, he soon found himself drawn to the fascinating stories and mysteries of Baltic wrecks. After gaining experience, Marcin decided to go beyond just leisurely exploration and took his training up a notch by completing the TMX course, allowing him to explore even deeper and uncover the secrets of inaccessible places. His next challenge has been cave diving, where he is honing his skills to become a certified diver. Not content to simply take in the breathtaking beauty of underwater life, Marcin has also embraced underwater photography since 2018, capturing stunning shots that bring these worlds alive for those who are unable to experience them first-hand. Marcin’s passion for the underwater has taken him far and is sure to continue doing so as he dives into new depths and captures breathtaking images.
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