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Coral Transplants in the Great Barrier Reef

Posted on 8 July 2020

The Great Barrier Reef has been badly damaged in recent years, but now experts are trying to revive it by growing new coral. 

As part of a huge project along the Queensland coast, underwater nurseries have been built and thousands of pieces of coral have been hand-planted by teams of scuba divers. The system uses pieces of live coral that are attached to rocks using wire frames. So far, the Hastings and Milne reefs are looking very promising, which could spell good news for the health of the Great Barrier Reef.

All kinds of harmful impacts have affected the Reef, including the climate crisis, cyclones, chemical run-off, coral bleaching, and more. Researchers are optimistic that this project and others can regenerate the reef back to full health!