The Courier-Mail

New way to save the Reef

- MATTHEW KILLORAN

A MAMMOTH effort to plant 100,000 new corals on the Great Barrier Reef will take place using a groundbrea­king technology.

The Reef has been suffering coral bleaching events from rising water temperatur­es caused by climate change, crown-of-thorns starfish and pollution.

But The Great Barrier Reef Foundation, working with tourism operators and researcher­s at the University of Technology Sydney, is using a specially developed “coralclip” to try to bring back more life.

The technology, developed by the university, uses corals grown in underwater nurseries from salvaged broken coral fragments attached to the reef using a stainless steel spring clip.

Great Barrier Reef Foundation managing director Anna Marsden said the first 5000 corals were already being planted as part of the project.

“We’re seeing the effects of climate change on our Reef and the impacts of back-toback bleaching events,” Ms Marsden said. “This Queensland invention has been a game-changer for coral restoratio­n because it offers a fast and more cost-effective solution to out-planting corals.”

A GOLD Coast chef allegedly caught with ice and fantasy in a satchel in Surfers Paradise has been granted bail.

Alekisio Blake Kaihea was allegedly found with 11g of the drug ice and 100ml of fantasy as he walked through the party precinct on Thursday.

It is alleged Kaihea was spotted by the Gold Coast City Council security camera network walking on Cavill Ave.

Magistrate Pamela Dowse granted bail and adjourned the matter to March 24.

In late 2019 Kaihea opened Moana Restaurant and Bar on the Isle of Capri.

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