Revive Okinawa! Coral Planting Project!

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2020 is a challenging year in which the COVID-19 virus has greatly affected the global economy. However, it is exactly the same year people around the world are connected more than ever before, and while being quarantined all over the world, we begin to miss the outdoors and nature at the same time.
Nevertheless, it is also in 2020, the Earth has been through the Australian wildfire, China southern flood, Japan Kumamoto rainstorm, and at the same time coral bleaching covering vast areas around the world is occurring. Coral reefs are the rainforest of the ocean, as the fundamental role of oceanic food chain, and it also has as an important role of adjusting the water temperature. But now the ocean is losing this ability to adjust the temperature and its even more obvious that now is the time to act!
So we thought, Why not plant coral to try help?
We are inviting you from all-over the world to help us plant coral in the West-Pacific Ocean! Okinawa has a perfect geographical location with the Kuroshio current from the south, and the Oyashio current from the north, which creates a specific water temperature, suitable for corals to grow. It also allows the corals chances to spread their eggs, carrying them on the current toward either north or south, all across the West Pacific Ocean! Although we are part separated by the covid-19 virus, we can plant a coral, because the world is linked by the ocean. It’s now the perfect time to plant a coral for the world and ourselves. So until the day we can move freely again, let’s build up a more beautiful world.

Natural Blue
Natural Blue

2020.12.4

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2020 is a challenging year in which the COVID-19 virus has greatly affected the global economy. However, it is exactly the same year people around the world are connected more than ever before, and while being quarantined all over the world, we begin to miss the outdoors and nature at the same time.
Nevertheless, it is also in 2020, the Earth has been through the Australian wildfire, China southern flood, Japan Kumamoto rainstorm, and at the same time coral bleaching covering vast areas around the world is occurring. Coral reefs are the rainforest of the ocean, as the fundamental role of oceanic food chain, and it also has as an important role of adjusting the water temperature. But now the ocean is losing this ability to adjust the temperature and its even more obvious that now is the time to act!
So we thought, Why not plant coral to try help?
We are inviting you from all-over the world to help us plant coral in the West-Pacific Ocean! Okinawa has a perfect geographical location with the Kuroshio current from the south, and the Oyashio current from the north, which creates a specific water temperature, suitable for corals to grow. It also allows the corals chances to spread their eggs, carrying them on the current toward either north or south, all across the West Pacific Ocean! Although we are part separated by the covid-19 virus, we can plant a coral, because the world is linked by the ocean. It’s now the perfect time to plant a coral for the world and ourselves. So until the day we can move freely again, let’s build up a more beautiful world.

Natural Blue
Natural Blue

2020.12.4

Our motive

We had never been through a summer this quiet before. During 2020, as the COVID-19 virus swept the world, Okinawa, which used to be crowded with tourists, turned into a vacant island. This had a silver lining as we thus had a chance to have a better look at the environment without interference. During 2020, we also saw Australia suffering from the worst spreading coral bleaching phenomenon in its history, and Taiwan also is facing the worst coral bleaching phenomenon in over 20 years.

At the same time, Okinawa is struggling with beach-resort development and water-temperature problems. We are asking ourselves "How long will this last? What kind of ocean scenery can we present to you when everyone is able to visit Okinawa again?".

Many guests have told us that the Okinawan sea is so much more beautiful than the sea in their own countries, such as Taiwan, Hong Kong, or Singapore. Okinawa and it's sea is beautiful due to the fact that it hasn't be spoiled yet, and so we must do something to protect it.

That's the reason we are asking for everyone's support. With your help and support, we can keep the Okinawan sea as beautiful as it now, and even help spread it around the whole world. Here is our plan:

Step1: Plant as much coral as we can

Step2: Help strong coral survive

Step3: Watch as corals lay eggs in the open ocean

Step4: Coral grows and the coral life cycle is strengthened

While this might seem to be a far off goal, every little bit helps, and what we do now is a seed full of potential for the future.

 

What is the importance of coral?

 

 

How many species did you spot in the short video? Maybe 3, maybe 5? Yet within just this area of coral, it could have over 10 species of marine lifeforms.

Coral actually only covers 0.2% of the whole ocean area. However, within this 0.2%, over 25% of  ALL marine life lives. You can think of coral reefs as massive cities like New York, Tokyo, or London which gathers different creatures from all over, and these creatures supports the whole life-chain of the ocean.

Due to the way that coral grows, it absorbs CO2 from the sea, which is a major cause of global warming. Without coral reef, the temperature of Earth and Ocean will be way higher than now. Humans are incapable of living in a world where the average temperature is 50℃, so the coral are extremely important for our lives to continue on this world. 

This is the reason why every branch of the coral counts.

 

 

About Planting Coral

Planting a coral is like trying to breed a plant from a single branch. First of all, we collect a branch from local coral while trying not to affect the local ecosystem. We then grow the branch in a coral field until they are strong and stable enough to survive in the ocean by themselves. Finally,  the coral branches are transferred to a new part of the ocean and left to grow by themselves. During the whole process, caring for the coral and transferring the coral to its new location is challenging work. Even Mr. Yamashiro, who has been replanting coral for over 20 years, has a rate of success that is only around 8%. As you can see it is extremely hard.

STEP1 Select healthy coral branches from the coral field

STEP2 Finding suitable place in open water

STEP3. Transplanting begins

STEP 4 Transplanted coral lives on in the nature environment

However, while there is only a survival rate of 8%, the coral that is transplanted has a high possibility of becoming the new habitat of fish and different creatures. For example, if we plant a hundred of corals, and 8 of them survived, if their eggs are viable (coral reproduces with eggs), the next year it could be 100 even 1000 times of the original amount, and they can even be carried by the current all the way towards the  Japanese mainland, Taiwan, or even South Asia, landing and becoming new habitats for new

By doing this, we can help create a chain reaction to help save not just ourselves but the kids of the future.

 

Returns

We have prepared various rewards including support and tracking your own coral branch, specially designed goods and tickets for tours. You can choose one which fits you the most and help make an impact supporting the sea now!

Various Designed Goods 

Tour tickets, support the ocean while going to the sea

We will plant a coral and send you the planting video, including the tracking record

 

Reward sending schedule

 

Message from our partners

・Coral Planting Expert Mr. Yamashiro :

The coral transplanted to the open water will be habitats to different types of small fish. Within this chain, we are hoping that the Okinawan sea can become more abundant than now. If this coral-planting technique could spread across the world, the entire ocean would gradually become more abundant! This is our true aim and we are trying our best to achieve it.

・Designer Brain Ocean : Plant a coral, plant beautiful sea.

I'm extremely happy to help with this crowdfunding project focusing on planting corals. You can also choose from adopting a coral, diving tickets or merchandises that we collaborate.

The ocean connects us, let's doing something for Okinawa and make change!

 

Creating a better world not just for us but for the future

First of all, thank you for coming to the page. No matter whether you donated or not, just having your attention, means our message is getting out there. So please share the project as much as possible. This project is coming after experiencing an extremely tough year. We hope it could become the start to more amazing projects to help save the world. Your support will enable you to become a part of something that will actually continue on for many years to come, a seed that will grow and sustain in the ocean, a seed that we call hope. Let’s do something for not just ourselves but the world as a whole, and start thinking of the “future” as the “present".

See you in Okinawa soon!

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    川嶋 路大

    微力ながら沖縄の海を応援しております。

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      Natural Blue

      ありがとうございます!皆さんからの力いちいちが大きいので、感謝しながら頑張ります!

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      Natural Blue

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Natural Blue
Natural Blue

We are Natural Blue. We are expert guides of the well-known blue-cave for over 20 years.
“ To be the bridge of human and nature” is our motto. We hope to bring everyone safe and educational entertainment. Due to our ties to the tourism industry, we have met millions of people during these 20 years. If we had brought just a little bit change of each one of them, wouldn’t we be able to change this world into a better one?
However, under the influence of the covid-19 virus, we had been experiencing the first time of zero-visitors from aboard since 1972, and this situation has lasted for more than half year. However we are not beaten by this cruel reality, instead, we turn to think “what else can be done?” Thus we came up with the coral-planting project, which can let our instructors bring their skills into real operation, and at the same time make the Okinawan sea more beautiful than ever. We will be waiting for you in Okinawa!

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This is an All-In project. Regardless of the target amount, this project will be funded with the amount of money raised.

Coral Planting Plan (1 Branch) 12000yen

This plan includes:
・Planting of one piece of coral (we plant on your behalf)
・Transplanting Video
・Tracking Report

We will plant a coral branch on your behalf and with the help of professionals, and then transplant the coral when grown to a new suitable part of the ocean. We'll also record the planting of the coral as well as an update video one to two months later.

Usually the coral needs four months to be stable in the new environment, and then the coral you helped plant would become new member in the Okinawan sea.

* Please be aware that although we cannot promise a survival rate over 8%, we still will do our best to select the best spot and season to plant the coral. We will pick it after checking the nature of the area, including frequency of storms, currents and so on. However, the surviving coral will be the strongest to live on. We would be hoping for the best, and wait until you can visit Okinawa again. Please don’t hesitate to contact us to take you to do snorkel or diving around your coral!

Coral Planting Plan (2 Branch) 16000yen

This plan includes:

・Planting of two pieces of coral (we plant on your behalf)

・Transplanting Video

・Tracking Report



We will plant 2 coral branches on your behalf and with the help of professionals, and then transplant the coral when grown to a new suitable part of the ocean. We'll also record the planting of the coral as well as an update video one to two months later.



Usually the coral needs four months to be stable in the new environment, and then the coral you helped plant would become new member in the Okinawan sea.



* Please be aware that although we cannot promise a survival rate over 8%, we still will do our best to select the best spot and season to plant the coral. We will pick it after checking the nature of the area, including frequency of storms, currents and so on. However, the surviving coral will be the strongest to live on. We would be hoping for the best, and wait until you can visit Okinawa again. Please don’t hesitate to contact us to take you to do snorkel or diving around your coral!

Coral Planting Postcard Set (5pcs) & Thank You Letter (Digital) 1500yen

This plan includes:

・Thank You Letter from us

・Coral Planting Postcard Set (5pcs)



We are extremely grateful for your help with this project, and we are looking forward to the day when we can take you to visit the reef sea we are proud of.

Brain Oceans Designed T-shirt [Limited To Taiwan and Japan Only] 6000yen

This plan includes:

・Brain Oceans Designed T-shirt

・Thank You Letter.



Brain Oceans is a design studio main on marine animals. At the same time attends events and activities on protecting the ocean environment.



We will send the specially designed high-quality cotton T-Shirt, that is suitable for indoor and outdoor wear. Also, this reward comes with one water-proof sticker also designed by Brain Oceans Studio.

★If you select this return, please leave choose your preferred size&color


★This Return is limited to Japan and Taiwan only.★

Sango Coffee Set [Limited To Taiwan and Japan Only] 5000yen

This plan includes:

・Sango Coffee drip pack (10pcs)

・Sango Coffee Classic J.F.K. bean (200g)



Sango coffee is a brand that everyone who travels to Okinawa should be familiar with. You can spot them almost anywhere in the airport or gift shop. “Sango (35)” shares the same Japanese pronunciation with coral! The company uses bleached coral to bake the beans and support the local coral planting project too.

We selected the best-seller of Sango Coffee for you, and will send the Okinawa-limited coffee to you, before you can visit Okinawa again.

★This Return is limited to Japan and Taiwan only.★

Brain Ocean's Designed Water-Proof Sticker (2 pieces) +Thank-you letter [Limited To Taiwan and Japan Only] 800yen

This plan includes:

・Two Brain Ocean Designed Waterproof Stickers

・Thank You Letter



Brain Oceans is a design studio that focuses mainly on marine animals. At the same time they attend events and activities on protecting the ocean environment.



This full-coloured printed sticker is also designed by Brain Oceans studio. This design shows a squid playing house, referring to when kids pretend to run a household. It is a metaphor for coral being the home to all creatures. Therefore, the picture contains many popular creature which live in corals.

★This Return is limited to Japan and Taiwan only.★

Okinawa limited! Coral-friendly sunscreen balm ( natural ingredient)(12g*2)+ Brain Ocean Designed Sticker+ Natural Blue silicone hand band|3500 yen 3500yen

This plan includes:

・One Brain Ocean Designed Waterproof Stickers

・Coral Friendly Sunscreen

・Natural Blue Silicone Band



Coral-friendly sunscreen balm which is suitable for sensitive skin, and even kids can use it. This is a product designed and produced in Okinawa, and its made up with natural ingredients including: Linseed Oil, insoluble minerals in nano-particle that will reflects the UV and non-dissolvable in the ocean, which will not harm the corals, shea butter, coconut butter, bee wax, jojoba oil, lavender oil, mint oil, Eucalyptus oil. Also, it is a portable size, you can take it in your bag or just leave it on your desk.

This set comes with a free sticker designed by Brain Oceans, and a Natural Blue limited silicone band (random colour).



*Please be careful of any allergies you may have, as the natural ingredients may cause an allergic reaction. If you are concerned, please consult a skin doctor and refrain from using further on before professional advice is received.

★This Return is limited to Japan and Taiwan only.★

Snorkel tour ticket 6000yen


This plan includes:

・Blue Cave Snorkelling Tour (1 dive)

・Gear Rental

・Underwater Photo

・Instructor Fee



Guiding around the most famous diving point in Okinawa, “the blue cave” is our profession! We will be your guide to the blue cave area and lead you to the area where we plant the corals this year! This will certainly be a once in a life time experience!

*This ticket has no use by date.

*Please follow the usual booking procedure, and note “using crowdfunding ticket” to indicate to us so we can make the discount for you.

Please note that reservations will be bookable based on availability.

*In the case of uncontrollable circumstances such as typhoons, bad sea conditions, etc., we reserve the right to change the reservation due to safety concerns.

*We will send the digital ticket to your registered email address, please keep it safe and show it to your instructor while attending the tour. (Either printed or screenshot is fine)

Blue Cave Diving Tour 10000yen


This plan includes:

・Blue Cave Diving Tour (1 dive)

・Gear Rental

・Underwater Photo

・Instructor Fee



Guiding around the most famous diving point in Okinawa, “the blue cave” is our profession! We will be your guide to the blue cave area and lead you to the area where we plant the corals this year! This will certainly be a once in a life time experience!

*This ticket has no use by date.

*Please follow the usual booking procedure, and note “using crowdfunding ticket” to indicate to us so we can make the discount for you.

Please note that reservations will be bookable based on availability.

*In the case of uncontrollable circumstances such as typhoons, bad sea conditions, etc., we reserve the right to change the reservation due to safety concerns.

*We will send the digital ticket to your registered email address, please keep it safe and show it to your instructor while attending the tour. (Either printed or screenshot is fine)

Blue Cave Diving Tour (2 Tickets) 18000yen


This plan includes:

・Blue Cave Diving Tour (2 dives)

・Gear Rental

・Underwater Photo

・Instructor Fee



Guiding around the most famous diving point in Okinawa, “the blue cave” is our profession! We will be your guide to the blue cave area and lead you to the area where we plant the corals this year! This will certainly be a once in a life time experience!



*This ticket has no use by date.

*Please follow the usual booking procedure, and note “using crowdfunding ticket” to indicate to us so we can make the discount for you.

Please note that reservations will be bookable based on availability.

*In the case of uncontrollable circumstances such as typhoons, bad sea conditions, etc., we reserve the right to change the reservation due to safety concerns.

*We will send the digital ticket to your registered email address, please keep it safe and show it to your instructor while attending the tour. (Either printed or screenshot is fine)

FUN Diving (2 Diving Experiences) 18000yen


This plan includes:

・Blue Cave Diving Tour (1 dive)

・Gear Rental

・Underwater Photo

・Instructor Fee



Guiding around the most famous diving point in Okinawa, “the blue cave” is our profession! We will be your guide to the blue cave area and lead you to the area where we plant the corals this year! This will certainly be a once in a life time experience!. Also, we will show you the area around the Blue Cave called “Maeda cape” which is also a famous diving point where you can see sea turtles, coral reef arches and various underwater geography structure underwater, so don’t miss it!

*This ticket has no use by date.

*Please follow the usual booking procedure, and note “using crowdfunding ticket” to indicate to us so we can make the discount for you.

Please note that reservations will be bookable based on availability.

*In the case of uncontrollable circumstances such as typhoons, bad sea conditions, etc., we reserve the right to change the reservation due to safety concerns.

*We will send the digital ticket to your registered email address, please keep it safe and show it to your instructor while attending the tour. (Either printed or screenshot is fine)

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