Adopt a coral for Christmas to help restore the Great Barrier Reef
Help the Reef Restoration Foundation harvest, grow and plant coral back onto our favourite reef.
While millions of Queenslanders assemble their Christmas trees at home, Coral Crusaders from the Reef Restoration Foundation are harvesting coral trees under the sea in a bid to restore the Great Barrier Reef.
Coral cuttings, about the size of your finger, are taken from healthy corals adjacent to the reef that is to be regenerated and attached to coral tree frames in Australian’s first ocean-based coral nursery at Fitzroy Island.
The frames accelerate the growth of the corals before they are replanted on a damaged reef.
Queenslanders can help by adopting a coral, branch, tree or nursery to raise much-needed funds to ensure the Great Barrier Reef is restored for generations to come.
Reef Restoration Foundation Chief Executive Officer Stewart Christie said urgent support was needed to build the reef’s resilience.
“Reef Restoration Foundation has successfully completed the inaugural cycle of harvesting, growing and planting coral on a reef affected by bleaching with the process taking eight months,” Mr Christie said.
“The 132 nursery-grown Acropora corals attached to a degraded section of the reef at Fitzroy Island are thriving, with the tips of both the branching and bushy species showing hints of colour including blue, pink and purple.
“Similar to plants, coral cuttings are a faster way to grow coral – we started planting these corals late in August and are really happy with their progress over the past three months.
“Reef Restoration volunteers monitor the coral and assist in the ocean-based nursery which has more than 800 second-generation corals cut from 40 mother colonies.
“New pieces of coral will continue to be attached to the nursery’s 10 coral trees with the goal of 1000 pieces before the end of the year.”
The Reef Restoration Foundations aims to grow 25,000 new corals on the Great Barrier Reef by 2021.