Coral transplants could help Great Barrier Reef

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Scientists are regrowing coral from larvae on damaged patches of the Great Barrier Reef in a project that could change the management of reef systems worldwide.

Professor Peter Harrison from Southern Cross University has been collecting coral spawn off Heron Island on the Great Barrier Reef and maturing it in tanks.

“It’s really exciting, this essentially is the rebirth of the reef,” Professor Harrison said.

A team of scientists has deposited millions of coral larvae back onto damaged areas that may not regenerate naturally.

They created large enclosures around the coral using mesh curtains and special tiles to monitor growth.

Days later, photographs reveal coral polyps had survived, and were settling into their new home.

It is the first time this technique has been used in Australia, and it follows a successful trial in the Philippines that transformed reefs devastated by blast fishing.

“I think that this could be something that changes management of reefs worldwide. All of the reefs, everywhere in the world, are suffering at the moment,” Dr David Wackenfeld, Chief scientist at the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority said.

“In the past, the Marine Park Authority has had a philosophy of basically getting out of nature’s way.

“But climate change is really changing that. The reef is battered and bruised. It’s more impacted than it’s ever been before.”

Dr Wackenfeld said it had never been more urgent to tackle climate change.

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Courtenay
Courtenay
3 years ago

Is this really happening?

Oliver
Oliver
3 years ago

Wow, Ok thats good!

Anonymous
Anonymous
3 years ago

cool

max
max
3 years ago

awsome

Anonymous
Anonymous
3 years ago

Really cool man I love it

Deacan
Deacan
3 years ago

This is really really cool . I just don’t believe my eyes.

THE BRUH
THE BRUH
3 years ago

My favourite reef is going to have a rebirth!?

Anonymous
Anonymous
3 years ago

I do not believe my eyes

Anonymous
Anonymous
3 years ago

Cool hopefully it will work

Anonymous
Anonymous
3 years ago

This is very good

Anonymous
Anonymous
3 years ago

wow, that, is awesome!!!:):):)

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