In the beginning of the 60’s until the 90’s, the Black Sea’s ecosystem collapses – “80% of the north-western shelf is considered a „Dead zone“”. „In just 18 years (1973-1990) the biological loses are estimated to be more than 60 000 000 t bottom organisms, including 5 000 000 t of fish.“
Sea Harmony is an innovative startup company founded with the idea to develop a sustainable “green” marine business that will contribute to the revival of the marine ecosystem.
In the course of over 20 years, the company has been working to combine the cultivation of aquaculture with artificial reefs’ effects. After the R&D and the testing of 15 different reef models, a serial production model is finalized. In 2014, this becomes the patented Pisa Reef™, the basis of Ocean Reef-Tower Oases™ (ORTO) concept that uses the advantages of the reefs, avoiding the main disadvantages of the conventional technologies. The technology has been successfully demonstrated with the 37 reef prototypes deployed in 4 countries of the Black Sea basin, manufactured for the REEFS project.
ORTO contributes to the UN’s long-term Sustainable Development Goals #2, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, and 17. Since 2015 Sea Harmony’s ORTO technology has received 19 international awards and recognitions by various organizations including the European Commission and the United Nations. Some of them are:
“Seal of Excellence” – special funding recommendation by the European Commission
1st place in category “Sustainable Food Production Systems Award” by Climate-KIC among 964 competing EU Projects – EU’s biggest main climate innovation initiative, in Limassol, Cyprus. 2018
European Commission’s Horizon2020 phase-1 funded Project – 1 out of the 10 ever approved project from Bulgaria
Top 30 best projects in the World that improve people’s lives – “The Venture” award by Chivas Regal
United Nations, special guest at the 9th Annual OSI Conference – Presentation of the technology, Geneva, Switzerland, December 11-15, 2017