Dr. Alexander Dale

In response to Our revenue model:

Can you explain what you see as the driving force for investment in these solutions, and which stakeholders are involved?

Dr. Alexander Dale

In response to Our solution goals over the next 12 months:

Can you say more (here or elsewhere) about your current prototype work - what's in the water today, and how does that compare with your overall plan?

Michael Lenihan

In response to Our solution goals over the next 12 months:

Another organization that might be worth exploring for partnership is the Billion Oyster Project (https://billionoysterproject.org )

Michael Lenihan

In response to Our pitch:

This sounds really exciting and promising, Matthew, and great that you're already on your way.

One clarifying question: "The basic format is that lightweight “scaffolds” are “planted” in prime oyster growing waters." Do these waters have to be near the final site of construction, or is this a "farm-like" setting? It would be helpful to know since the vision is to be helping communities the US; do they need specific types of waters conducive to grow, or is this something that can be addressed in your process design?

Tyler Ortego


Thank you for your comment and question. The short answer is a little of both. The oysters can survive out of the water for many days, but as a practical matter, you don't want to risk transferring disease or invasives from one water body to another. So, we would need to have a farm like operation within the same estuary as the construction site. The maximum economic and ecological benefits are achieved when that "farm" is a long term programmatic effort, working in conjunction with the community's resilience plan. I envision a sort of locally driven public-private-partnership where these farms are exporting building blocks, generating ecosystem services and providing good meaningful work for many many years.

Tyler O.

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