We regenerate damaged coral reefs by establishing ocean-based coral nurseries
Our team is supported by scientists from James Cook University's TropWATER and Reef Ecologic and volunteers to grow coral and re-plant it to regenerate damaged high-value coral reefs.
Coral restoration has been assisting damaged reefs overseas to regenerate for more than three decades. Our not-for-profit social enterprise has collaborated with successful coral restoration projects in Florida and the Caribbean to create the first Great Barrier Reef nursery near Cairns. We have successfully grown our first generation of corals and planted them on a nearby reef. In September 2019 we moved this nursery to a more accessible location at Fitzroy Island where there is room for expansion. We have expanded and added ten new trees and will work with a tourism operator to conduct tours of the nursery.
The Great Barrier Reef is loved by Australians, it is part of our national identity, and by many people from around the world. We have all been deeply affected by the impact of the recent bleaching events. Reef Restoration Foundation has chosen to act and to grow and plant corals that are naturally more resilient for regenerating degraded reefs. We received the first permit from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority to establish a pilot nursery on the Great Barrier Reef in 2017.
The Great Barrier Reef has extraordinary global value,
as our planet’s largest living organism and a barometer of world environmental health. It has significant cultural value particularly for Indigenous Australians, who belong to one of the oldest living cultures in the world. The Great Barrier Reef is also a major economic driver as it supports the direct employment of more than 64,000 people.
We are seeking individual and corporate Coral Crusaders to join us and fulfil our goal of planting 25,000 new corals on the Great Barrier Reef by 2021.
This will accelerate the recovery of damaged high-value reefs and strengthen their resilience to withstand the impacts of future cyclones and bleaching events.
Be a part of the generation to actively make a difference to the Great Barrier Reef.
Join the Coral Crusade with Reef Restoration Foundation and your involvement will make a positive difference to the Great Barrier Reef.