Scientists have announced a plan to build a Biobank help save the Great Barrier Reef.
The Biobank is a scheme to house 800 corals in a purpose-built facility in Port Douglas. A bit like Noah’s Ark.
The idea is to keep the coral alive and could prove an important part of long-term coral conservation, marine biologists say.
The bank will also include a function space, research labs, and serve as an aquarium-like tourist attraction for Port Douglas in far north Queensland.
If built, members of the public would be able to see corals from around the world as they are conserved in tightly controlled settings – and have a chance to observe corals’ night time glow.
The project has already secured about $4.8m in funding and it is hoped the facility will be built and house 800 coral species by 2025.