Ambitious plan for Reef to go ahead
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.