Spawning has Reef on rebound
It follows reports from a number of Reef operators that the mass spawning was the best they’d seen in six years.
But its ability to cope and repair from stress is likely to be tested in the coming summer months with sea temperatures tipped to be ripe for coral bleaching.
James Cook University coral reef scientist Professor Morgan Pratchett said it was still too early to predict what would occur this summer.
“We are really watching the weather and that will be a critical determinant as to how bad it might get towards the peak temperatures in March,” he said.
He added the coral spawning event was good news in terms of the Reef’s ability to reseed.
Dr Miller said the discovery of a super coral site was also exciting news for the future of the natural wonder. A total of 195 coral species were found in a 500 metre stretch, making it one of most diverse sites ever discovered.
“This underpins the importance of our work for future research recovery and restoration efforts that will use spawn harvesting techniques,” Dr Miller said.