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First outplanting of 10 coral trees on outer reef at Hastings Reef, Great Barrier Reef, December 2019.
A coral nursery has been established on the outer Great Barrier Reef for the first time, with 10 ‘trees’ successfully established at the high-value Hastings Reef, 56 kilometres from Cairns. The initiative is the next step in a project led by the Reef Restoration Foundation, which successfully pioneered coral nurseries at Fitzroy Island by growing coral fragments on frames.Read more
AUSSIE FIRST TO SEE REEF REPLANTED - CORAL Crusaders are reaching out for help to regrow degraded reefs off Fitzroy Island. The campaign has been launched to expand an Australian-first program on the Great Barrier Reef that helps accelerate the recovery of high-value reefs damaged by coral bleaching.
Read any news piece about the Great Barrier Reef and chances are it’ll be focused on the natural wonder’s parlous state, with everyone from the New York Times to the Atlantic reporting that large sections of the reef are dead or dying. If you’ve not been to Cairns and seen the reef for yourself, it’s easy to conjure up visions of lifeless, bleached coral, with rampaging crown-of-thorns starfish and coral-eating snails leaving a trail of destruction. Contrary to popular belief, however, the situation is not that bleak. With no coral bleaching recorded this past summer, local scientists who live, breathe and care for the reef every day are confident that it is actually just unwell and that their combined efforts will help it recover and thrive in the future.Read Article
On a tropical island, halfway between Australia's Great Barrier Reef and the north Queensland city of Cairns, researchers and members of the tourism industry are joining forces in an attempt to grow healthy corals to restore the world-famous reef.Read Article
Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is under all sorts of pressure. Climate change brings with it bleaching events and storms of increasing intensity. Some of these threats seem so completely out of our control that it’s easy to give up. There are initiatives underway to help, however. Here, we’ll meet the passionate individuals behind the Reef Restoration Foundation helping to grow more-resilient corals – on trees.Read Article
Great Barrier Reef: Outside-the-box thinking needed to fix its many problems, bleeding-edge solutioneers say.Read Article
The Great Barrier Reef’s first offshore nursery at Fitzroy Island has received a funding boost from Japan’s largest travel agency JTB. Reef Restoration Foundation Chief Executive Officer Stewart Christie said JTB contributed $20,000 towards the project which aims to accelerate the recovery of damaged high-value reefs.Read Article
Saving the Reef with Coral Trees.Read Article
NAB has announced over $1.6 million in funding for six organisations to assist regional communities enhance the natural environment. Since 2008, NAB, through the NAB Foundation, has provided $12.2 million in grants to organisations to help them innovate and have greater impact in the community. NAB Chief Legal and Commercial Counsel, Sharon Cook, said NAB aims to help tackle societal issues by funding organisations who have new ways of doing things, or who are thinking about how to use business solutions to make a difference. “Our aim is to build stronger, more connected communities by helping address the issues that matter to them,” Ms Cook said. “We invest in the community in many ways – from how we manage our operations, through to our giving and volunteering activities. “We look to support the big ideas – those that are truly impactful, scalable and provide sustainable solutions to complex societal issues.”Read Article
Great Barrier Reef to get help from coral gardens used to repopulate bleached sites.Read Article