Massive areas of the Great Barrier Reef have been destroyed by warming ocean temperatures. Now, scientists have a plan to repair damaged areas with coral transplants. Sign this petition to support restoration of this incredibly important ecosystem.
Target: Josh Frydenberg, Australian Minister for the Environment and Energy
Goal: Restore damaged areas of the world’s largest coral reef system using coral transplant technology.
The Great Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famed for its beauty and biodiversity, is in grave danger. Corals are incredibly sensitive to even small changes in temperature, and as ocean temperatures have soared, coral reefs have experienced massive losses. A swath of the reef over 100 miles long has lost 47-83 percent of its coral. Thankfully, coral biologists have found a potential solution: coral transplants.
A recent study on coral transplantation in the Great Barrier Reef has yielded promising results.
FRAGMENTS of the Great Barrier Reef are offering a major breakthrough in a bid to save the natural wonder from desolation.
British and Australian scientists have pinpointed 100 reefs within the 1,400 mile UNESCO World Heritage Site which can regenerate the beautiful corals assailed by climate change and ravenous crown-of-thorns starfish.
Little more than a year after an environmental commentator wrote the Great Barrier Reef’s obituary, lamenting how it had “died after a long illness” at the age of 25 million years, there are hopes that a mere three per cent of its coral structures may be able to replenish almost a half of natural marvel’s ecosystem over 12 months.
The 100 seed germ reefs have the potential to supply the larvae from which corals can bloom and flourish.
Marine biologists in southeast Asia and Australia are harvesting hundreds of thousands of coral spawn with a view to regenerating the world’s coral reefs, including the Great Barrier Reef (GBR), a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Professor Peter Harrison from Southern Cross University in New South Wales, Australia collects coral spawn off the coast of Heron Island on the GBR, matures it in tanks and then transplants it later.
“It’s really exciting, this essentially is the rebirth of the reef,” Professor Harrison said, as cited by ABC News. “We can grow these corals from microscopic larvae to dinner-plate size, breeding corals in just three years.”
“It’s a new way of looking at the problem and it’s probably the only hope for the future in terms of larger-scale restoration using hundreds of millions of coral larvae.”
The annual Great Barrier Reef spawning is captured, showing the moment when future generations of coral reef are created.
The Great Barrier Reef showcased its annual spawning last week, with underwater footage showing the moment future generations of coral reef are created.
Coral spawning takes place when colonies and species of coral simultaneously release trillions of egg and sperm cells for external fertilization. Mass spawning normally occurs only once a year, in the spring and after a full moon, turning vast swathes of the ocean red with a slick of the cells.
The Great Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, stretches 2,300 km (1,430 miles) along Australia’s northeast coast and is the world’s largest living ecosystem. It consists of almost 3,000 individual reefs, including Moore Reef where Australian videographer Stuart Ireland recorded the spawning over two nights.
The first IUCN meeting since the Trump climate-change debacle has revealed that climate change imperils one in four natural World Heritage sites, including coral reefs, glaciers, and wetlands — which is nearly double the number from just three years ago.
Latest findings have revealed that climate change impacts one in four natural World Heritage sites, including coral reefs, glaciers, and wetlands. The number of natural World Heritage sites threatened by climate change has grown from 35 to 62 from 2014 to the latest study conducted in 2017. Climate change has been identified as one of the biggest threats they face, according the report which was released by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), at the UN climate change conference in Bonn, Germany.
The threatened ecosystems were identified by the study.
As Sir David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II hits TV screens, Sarah Marshall visits the world’s largest coral reef system.
There’s something universally irritating about noisy eaters, but below the surface of the ocean, dining etiquette doesn’t really apply.
Munching merrily on brittle stumps of branch coral, a shoal of rainbow-hued parrot fish is causing quite a commotion.
A black-tip reef shark wriggles to the silent safety of a shadowy jetty, white-spotted eagle rays flap their wings to pick up speed and giant clams appear to purse their thick blue lips in a concertina of disgust.
It’s restaurant rush hour off the shores of Heron Island, a coral cay sprouting with dense pisonia forest and ringed by a brilliant white halo of sand, off the east coast of Australia at the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef.
You don’t have to visit Australia to experience the wonder of the Great Barrier Reef.
Google, Netflix and Twitter, as well as the BBC and Australian nonprofit New Horizons, have produced digital experiences that make the reef accessible from your couch. Swim in the pristine waters of Australia’s Coral Sea, spy on the reef’s bountiful marine life and soak up the grandeur of a UNESCO World Heritage Site without putting on a swimsuit.
Some of the projects use virtual reality to immerse you in a world that is both beautiful and alien. Big names, including David Attenborough and Google, are behind some of the efforts, ensuring they’re as entertaining as they are educational.
The efforts to document the Great Barrier Reef come as global warming pushes sea temperatures higher, endangering the reef’s coral.
Like many families, visiting the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, Australia was high on our family’s bucket list. We hear so much about the bleaching of coral reefs that we decided this is an item we needed to tick off our list soon.
So we recently paid a visit to the largest coral reef in the world (the Reef stretches 2,300 km down the east coast of Australia). We learned you don’t have to be a scuba diver to enjoy this marine wonderland. Kids from toddlers to teenagers can find an age-appropriate way to explore the reef’s sea life.
Great Barrier Reef Tips
Where to Stay
There are a few key places where you can easily access the Reef.
Two countries, one extraordinary voyage Down Under.
Have too many places you’re dying to visit? Then it’s definitely a smart move to combine Australia and New Zealand in one trip. Not only is it a cost-savvy decision to explore more of the region in one holiday, you’ll be able to indulge in a wide variety of experiences across both countries!
Australia and New Zealand both offer spectacular coastlines, fascinating wildlife, iconic architecture and dynamic rich cultures. Each country is known for so many things: Australia for its rich aboriginal history in the Outback as well as its outstanding gourmet food and wine scene, or New Zealand for its Lord Of The Rings filming locations and its vibrant Maori culture that remains an integral part of Kiwi life.
Australia is on the bucket list of many divers and the Great Barrier Reef near Cairns is perhaps the most favorite destination. Diving represents a good portion of Australia’s tourism and Cairns is the second leading destination in the world for Open Water Diver certifications. However great the Cairns area is for scuba diving, there is much more out there to explore.
Australia has the 6th largest coastline in the world. Along with that coast are two of the greatest reefs in the world. The Great Barrier Reef along the east coast extends well past Cairns both to the north and south. The Ningaloo reef along the west coast of Australia is one of the largest fringing reefs in the world. Both are UNESCO World Heritage sites and also have migratory visitors that include whale sharks, other sharks, and whales.