The Reef Project

by ARC Marine in Vobster, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 5th May 2017 we successfully raised £30,618 with 83 supporters in 56 days

Help us to create the world’s first multi purpose, modular artificial reef and marine habitat.

by ARC Marine in Vobster, England, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

Reaching our stretch target goal will allow us to build a medium to large ARC module artificial reef in Vobster which would create an even larger freshwater crayfish habitat. Up to 420 structures will be placed in the quay creating an impressive reef, boosting habitat, breeding and spawning space.

ARC Marine has created the worlds first multi-functional artificial reef solution. With a strong, modular design, our reef systems protect against depth trawling, provide a superior marine habitat, can act as a robust anchor point for cages and buoys, and can protect marine structures and coastlines against underwater currents and erosion.

The ARC Module

Our ARC Module being put in place

Our first reef will be built at Vobster Quay, an inland water site and former quarry that is popular with divers. We chose this location due to it being one of the registered Ark sites that host a regeneration program for the UK’s indigenous white-clawed freshwater crayfish population, which is dying out due to habitat destruction and the invasive, aggressive US breed. This species is classed as globally endangered and at risk of becoming extinct in the UK within 20-30 years.

Our ARC Modules, an example of British engineering ingenuity, are incredibly cost-effective, which means we can dramatically reduce the overall investment required to build large-scale offshore reefs.

The idea of funding an artificial reef structure like this with community funds was previously unheard of, now it’s a serious reality. We just need your help!

From our humble beginnings as a small British startup, we’re now ready to build our first reef – the most important step we’ve taken so far in our mission to save the world’s oceans and waterways. We are supported by many different companies who all believe our ARC Modules are the way to go.

A huge thanks to our current supporters and collaborators


We want you to take all the credit!!! That’s right, we don’t even want the modules to be ours. We’ve chosen crowdfunding over commercial sales or grant funding because the oceans and waterways are meant for everyone, and solving the serious problems of marine conservation belong to us all. 

In return for supporting our campaign, whether it’s a £5 donation or £50,000 to have a whole reef named after you or your company, every person counts when it comes to conserving life here on earth. With the help of our partners, we’ve lined up some fantastic rewards that will only be available for this campaign. All supporters of our crowdfunding campaign will receive email updates and pictures of completed reef as well as a surfboard/boat sticker.

On top of this, other rewards include dive memberships, exclusive educational talks and the chance to come and visit the reef you helped create. We also have a limited number of Aria full face dive masks available and a chance to have your very own persnalised ARC Module which will leave your legacy underwater for 500 years. 

For £25,000 your very own reef similar to this could be added to the Vobster Quay Ark site.  Which would not only last for an estimated 500 years but would also enable us to deploy juvenile crayfish onto the reef.

Your personalised plaque on your very own ARC Module


Limited reward. We have 10 of these Aria full face dive masks to give away.


All pledges will receive this sticker which can be used on cars, boats, surfboards or other surfaces.

We want to give you the unique opportunity to join us in bringing this groundbreaking project to life. With your help, we can create this reef together and leave a lasting positive impact for over 500 years.

So if you have a passion for life, our environment and protecting endangered species, then this is the project for you.

ARC Marine's growth

 Timeline of ARC Marine's progress so far
This pie chart shows how the money raised from this crowdfund campaign will be spent.

Thank you.

*Scuba Diving  and Free diving (snorkelling) voucher at Vobster: Please note, you need to be a qualified diver to undertake diving activities at Vobster. This voucher may only be used by qualified divers, but is transferable on a single entry basis to a friend of the crowdfunder who is a qualified diver.

PADI diving at Vobster: Diving tuition awards are open to crowdfunders who can complete a standard recreational diving medical. For more information, please see, but please also note that many conditions such as medication, asthma, major surgery and blood pressure require additional examination by a GP before diving is undertaken.

Diving tuition awards are also limited to courses where three students are already booked and on dates publicised on the Vobster website. Bespoke dates are not available for free tuition. Free tuition does not cover additional days that may be required through non attendance or non completion of original programme - for additional days, extra charges
will apply.

Swimming entry at Vobster: Experienced open water swimmers are welcome to use the free entry voucher at Vobster provided they swim in a buddy pair with an existing open water swimmer. Vobster is cold, even in summer and a wetsuit is recommended. If the eligible crowdfunder is not an experienced open water swimmer, tuition is available, which must be pre-booked and is at extra charge - entry is still free.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

Show your support We will update you with our progress over email and send you pictures of the completed reef. You'll also get a surfboard/boat/car sticker to show the world how much you care about marine conservation..

£25 or more

£25 Reward

The Founder Everything above plus... - A certificate of thanks for helping to build the world's first multifunctional, modular reef - Your name on our supporters page of the website - A free dive or visit to the Vobster Quay site to visit the reef*

£50 or more

£50 Reward

Adopt a crayfish All of the above plus... You will sponsor your own endangered crayfish, which we will release on the reef, with a photo to show your contribution!

£75 or more

£75 Reward

Junior Patron You will receive all the above, plus... - One third contribution towards a reef module - Your name appearing on the patron page on our website

£99 or more

8 of 25 claimed

£99 Reward

Patron Early Bird (same as the Patron level, but limited to the first 25 people) You will receive everything at the Junior Patron level, plus... - 1 free entry to Vobster quay to swim or dive the lake and learn about crayfish conservation - Your very own 250mm reef module built into the reef, including a certificate of authenticity

£150 or more

£150 Reward

Patron You will receive everything at the Junior Patron level, plus... - 1 free entry to Vobster quay to swim or dive the lake and learn about crayfish conservation - Your very own 250mm reef module built into the reef, including a certificate of authenticity

£250 or more

£250 Reward

Senior Patron Everything at the Patron level, plus ... - Your name written in glory for all to see on a special plaque that will be installed at Vobster Quay. - A reef survey course hosted by ARC Marine

£600 or more

£600 Reward

Super Patron Everything up to the Senior Patron level, plus... - A larger 500mm named exclusively after you - Your own name (or company name) on a plaque attached to your module

£700 or more

1 of 10 claimed

£700 Reward

Everything at the Super Patron level, plus ... - Aria full face snorkelling mask . - Invitation to VIP Party.

£1,000 or more

1 of 10 claimed

£1,000 Reward

Learn to dive Everything up to Super Patron level, plus... - Invitation to VIP party. - Choice of Open water PADI course, or advanced open water

£1,000 or more

£1,000 Reward

ARC Marine Ambassador Everything up to Super Patron level, plus... - Your very own 500mm reef structure - And 4x 250mm structures to be deployed onto the reef. - Invite to our VIP Party - You name or company logo on our partners / benefactors page and shout-outs across social media

£4,800 or more

£4,800 Reward

The ARC Marine Super Ambassador Everything at Ambassador level, plus ... - Your own 5x 500mm reef structure and 20x 250mm structures built into the reef - An article or Podcast about you or your company that can be used to promote your philanthropic activities or company

£25,000 or more

£25,000 Reward

Name a reef. Everything at Super Ambassador level, plus... - Your own 20x 500mm reef structure and 60x 250mm structures built into the reef - Reef section named after you - Extra large plaque on structure - 2 nights stay at a luxury spa hotel and VIP invite to the reef completion party

£50,000 or more

£50,000 Reward

The Hero Everything in all other pledges, plus... - 140 structures to go into Vobster Quay - ARC Marine will visit you anywhere in the world and conduct a dive survey of your site - Bringing all equipment needed to produce 20 ARC modules at your location - Perfect for remote locations looking for a mooring solution, snorkelling/dive reefs, protecting MPA's from illegal fishing or regenerating damaged marine habitats

£18,000 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£18,000 Reward

The R&D Pledge. Everything at Ambassador level, plus ... - Your own 10x 500mm reef structure and 40x 250mm structures built into the reef - An article or Podcast about you or your company that can be used to promote your philanthropic activities or company -Access to product development updates. -Spend a day at the ARC Marine lab, experiencing all aspects of reef production and deployment.

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