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?
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.