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How Electric Current Can Increase Coral Growth with Hannah Kish

Not all ocean conservation organisations are legitimate or doing the right thing for our planet or the volunteers. Today, we decided to discuss some of the less happy points of volunteering.

Have you wondered how coral nurseries work? How regrowing coral can help the great barrier reef? Can we help save the Great Barrier Reef?

Join me and Marine Biologist Hannah Kish as we discuss coral spawning, threats to the reef, and how you can help!

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This incredible woman has worked with Florida’s Coral Conservation¬†along with the Great Barrier Reef’s Reef Restoration Foundation. We met when we were both volunteering on Fitzroy island and cleaning the coral tree nurseries from excessive algae growth. She is an inspiring woman who is now working towards finding which methodologies or systems can increase coral grown in nurseries.

In this Ocean Pancake Episode we talk about all things coral: from spawning, taking care of coral, sexual and asexual reproduction and why it is so important in our coral reef ecosystems.

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Volunteering

Volunteer with Reef Restoration Foundation

Could you believe that the Great Barrier Reef did not have a single reef restoration organization or charity until 2016? Neither could I, nor the incredible individuals who started Reef Restoration Foundation in November of that year.

The Great Barrier Reef is known worldwide as the largest living ecosystem in the world and is comprised of more than 32,000 individual reefs. In Queensland alone, over 64,000 jobs depend on it and the tourism brings in over $6.4 billion dollars annually.

Unfortunately, all of this is in danger due to climate change. The increasing sea temperatures, ocean acidification, and pollution will have severe impacts on fragile coral.

What is the Reef Restoration Foundation’s goal?

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Photo by Jon Larra Dive

The Reef Restoration Foundation aims to plant 1 million corals back on the reef by the year 2026. They are choosing to bleach resistant mother corals, breaking off parts and encouraging them to reproduce asexually. They do this by planting coral trees in stable conditioned areas, then monitoring the growth, cleaning them of extra algae and out planting them.

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