Coral Spawning – fast tracking world-leading research

Dept of Climate Change, Energy, Environment & Water

Each year the world’s largest synchronised coral spawning event happens along the Great Barrier Reef and this provides valuable opportunities to support Reef restoration efforts.

Spawning is helping to fast-track world-leading research to safeguard the Reef from the impacts of climate change.

During spawning reef restoration teams work around the clock to research, collect, settle and grow new baby corals.

Scientists are for the first time bringing together a range of methods to breed, treat and deliver around 100,000 baby corals to the Great Barrier Reef in what is thought to be the largest coral restoration research trial ever undertaken.

Led by the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), the test operation involves a number of partners and will give scientists a better understanding of how techniques developed over recent years are best operationalised at large scales after mass coral spawning.

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