Collaborative partnerships and scientific research are at the heart of ensuring the health and ongoing sustainability of the world’s largest living reef system.
One of the most exciting and topical research projects we are involved in, is a Coral Restoration Project at our Agincourt 3 platform with Reef Ecologic. Coral reefs around the world are susceptible to many types of impacts both natural and man-made. The small coral bommie under restoration was impacted by cyclonic waves a few years ago and with an unstable substrate, natural recovery was impeded. Simply, a mesh structure was placed over an unstable substrate to help coral fragments grow into colonies, connected to a power source. Installed in July 2018, this is the first project of this type conducted in the GBR. Guests can learn more about this innovative project during their reef experience.
The Coral Nurturing Program is a cooperative project being run at the Moore reef platform area in association with The University Technology Sydney using an innovative coral clip as a method of attaching corals to the substrate. This method allows corals to be propagated in areas of the reef which have proven to be very challenging for traditional restoration methods due to wave action and currents.