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Video | Manmade concrete brick aims to save marine life

12 October 2020

Marine ecologists have developed an innovative concrete brick that is designed to mimic natural rock and coral, to help conserve marine life.

The ECOncrete range of products have been designed to enhance biodiversity and marine and coastal infrastructure on urban coastlines.

The business was founded in 2012 by marine ecologists Dr Shimrit Parkol-Finkel and Dr Ido Sella and produces custom-made bricks for each location to encourage growth of flora and fauna.

The surface texture of the ECOncrete bricks replicates the features of real rock and coral due to what the firm describes as “advanced casting technologies”.

Speaking about the product, Dr. Shimrit Perkol-Finkel said: “Ocean health and human health are entwined. We can’t protect our coastlines while destroying fragile coastal ecosystems. This is where biomimicry can come in to play: by drawing inspiration from nature and designing environmentally-sensitive coastal protections that benefit humans and marine life as one.”

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