SeaWeaver structures are build differently.
By nature of being created through weaving, and the accessibility of that production method, SeaWeaver structures are able to elegantly sidestep many of the common barriers to building artificial reefs, providing in an accessible and inclusive hands-on pathway to meaningful conservation action.
Artificial Reefs As Conservation Action
SeaWeaver is a process to create ecologically-intentional artificial reef structures. Artificial structures can be highly effective foundations for ecosystems to develop upon; this occurs both on intentional artificial reefs and inadvertently on marine infrastructure or wrecks. But there are significant obstacles in the implementation of intentional ecological structures which limits the scalability of artificial reefs as a larger conservation strategy. These include:
Highly expensive implementation
Large quantities of material
Tooling & machinery
No financial return on investment
Stability is achieved by making structures massive
Increasing a structure's weight significantly increases costs and risks of transporting and installing
Creating artificial reefs is often behind expertise and technology access barriers.
Tech-centric methods limit production to tool-access, create process bottlenecks
Not prioritizing ecology is a problematic feature of other reefs, which my designs have solutions for,
Until a concept can excel in each of these aspects both individually and collectively, artificial reefs will continue to be limited to creating individual biodiversity hotspots.
Prioritizing Ecological Factors
Because the financial, logistical and accessibility barriers are so high, design focus typically is placed on satisfying those. Little design consideration remains to perform the primary function of the structure: effecting ecological benefit via it's form.