Am­bi­tious plan for Reef to go ahead

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

THE largest and most com­pli­cated reef re­gen­er­a­tion pi­lot project ever at­tempted on the Great Bar­rier Reef com­mence off Cairns next week.

The Lar­val Re­seed­ing project, dubbed IVF for the Reef, is timed to co­in­cide with this year’s an­nual coral spawn­ing event.

The project is a mas­sive col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween three key Aus­tralian univer­si­ties, with teams com­ing from as far away as the Philip­pines to take part.

More than 30 sci­en­tists and four boats will use tourism pon­toons for the project.

Lar­val Re­seed­ing will be doc­u­mented by an Emmy award-win­ning film crew and award-win­ning cin­e­matog­ra­pher Richard Fitz­patrick (left) whose lat­est re­lease was

The reef re­gen­er­a­tion project spear­headed by lead sci­en­tist Dr Peter Har­ri­son is said to be of an un­prece­dented scale.

Un­til now, most ar­ti­fi­cial coral prop­a­ga­tion en­tails break­ing live corals into small pieces and plant­ing them out.

Dr Har­ri­son said the Lar­val Re­seed­ing project will use lar­vae for the re­seed­ing.

Richard Fitz­patrick

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