Ellisolandia elongata artificial reefs (‘mimics’) are under testing phase and, after only 4 weeks of deployment, some vagile organisms are apparently enjoying the artificial fronds (Figure).
Figure: ‘mimics’ after 4 weeks of deployment in the field. Small crustaceans have been found in the fronds.
In the meantime, the productions of artificial fronds is continuing for creating 60 reefs, and tests on artificial materials (e.g. fronds and base of the reef) are currently on going for guaranteeing the suitability of the ‘mimics’ under experimental conditions – climate change conditions (ocean acidification and warming) expected for 2100.