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Design Led by Science

We have made available a wide range of systems to meet all your needs. Whether it is our off-the-shelf broodstock conditioning system or a more tailor-made bespoke design, we’ve got it covered!

We have now installed over 70 systems in 18 locations, 12 countries around the world

Clients to date include:

Oceanário de Lisboa, Portugal

Coral Vita, Bahamas

MOTE Marine Lab, US

University of Oldenburg, Germany

Six Senses, Maldives

Soneva Fushi, Maldives

Stowers Institute, US

Carnegie Science, US

KAUST: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia

University of Qatar, Qatar

Off-the-shelf spawning system

We have developed on our original design published in the scientific journal Ecology and Evolution and advanced the coral spawning mesocosms with the latest technology available. The systems are designed (and can be ordered) in two parts. The broodstock conditioning/spawning system and the coral embryo rearing /grow-out system. Systems come with cladding and sliding doors to block out external light and a detachable canopy (added during spawning season) allows you to have complete control of the coral spawning time, be it morning, afternoon or night. The systems work based on the Triton Method, so the sump has an algae bed and we provide all the equipment you need at the highest spec available.


"The ex-situ spawning system helped us observe, collect, and fertilize Acropora palmata gametes with far more ease than previous years, and we successfully reared a new generation of corals that will help us continue our mission of scientifically based coral restoration through assisted sexual reproduction."

Celia Leto, MOTE Marine Laboratory, Florida

Container spawning lab

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We have designed a coral spawning 'lab in a box’. Built into the shipping container, this lab allows you three or four split spawning options throughout the year, i.e. three or four separate spawning systems. With a built in RO system and climate control for the whole container (air conditioning, dehumidifier), you can simply pick this up and move to your desired location, plug in a water supply and electricity and start your spawning/restoration program. You can opt for the container to come with or without a quarantine tank system and/or recruit grow out systems. The robust shipping container was designed with the idea of making them almost hurricane proof, i.e. in the event of a storm you batten down the hatches or pick the whole container up and move to safe storage, minimising any damage to your lab.

“Our coral spawning facility built by the Coral Spawning Lab not only enabled us to conduct the first successful coral spawning in Germany but became a vital part of our coral research. Thanks to our spawning facilities we were able to have three spawning events (Australia 2020, Fiji & Australia 2021) at our institute in Northern Germany within just one year. Particularly during the pandemic it is fantastic to be able to work with coral larvae without the need to travel. In the future we plan on having spawning events every couple of months, making most of the long-distance, heavy-logistics travelling obsolete.”

Dr Sam Nietzer, University of Oldenburg, Germany

Bespoke spawning system

If the two other options do not meet your requirements, then we can of course design bespoke systems. The benefit here is we maximise the performance/output to the space available. We have already designed bespoke systems for a number of high profile clients and can either build these based on detailed specs from yourself or following an onsite visit. We initially run the designs past you, this allows for any tweeking and additions necessary, then set about the build in the same way as both other options. 

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"Manipulation of annual temperature and solar cycles alongside monthly lunar cycles creates a system that enables us to observe up to 12 spawning events per year for each of our target species. With the future focus of our laboratory shifting to CRISPR-Cas9, this enables us to exponentially accelerate the field of gene editing in corals well beyond what is currently capable using natural spawning alone. Furthermore, shifting the diel cycle within our systems enables us to carry out our work during the day, greatly improving productivity. This combination of advantageous qualities ...makes for a favourable environment to further coral research."

Max Dhillon, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia

V-Shaped raceways

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Our V-shaped raceway is our coral grow-out system, where corals that have been spawned in our standard systems are then grown to their desired size. These have been designed to be modular and expandable to meet the space availability and coral output needs for the restoration project. The novel V-shaped design reduces sedimentation stress and mortality to the juvenile corals, whilst facilitating optimal water flow through the system. In addition, we’ve taken inspiration from a winding river in nature to design a system that moves water very energy efficiently compared to traditional land-based coral grow-out systems.
Each 2-meter section of raceway holds 10 maternity trays, which in turn holds 126 coral settlement plugs. Therefore each 2-meter section houses 1260 coral settlement plugs. The modular design means a system can be expanded with the additional sections to accommodate up to 30,000 coral plugs in a single system.

Please contact us for more information or a quote.

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