Moving Corals

QUT’s specialist marine autonomous vehicles will help RRAP coral seed at-risk areas of reef, increasing its chances of survival. This intervention aims to develop cost-efficient, large-scale production of genetically diverse and environmentally tolerant coral larvae that can be transferred and settled onto the reef to improve coral restoration, adaptation and recovery.

Scope and expected outcomes

In Years One to Three aims to enhance the effectiveness of coral larvae collection, cultivation and deployment.  Each year we will develop a different aspect of collection and transfer, experimental treatments of larvae and deployment and monitoring techniques.

Year Four aims to test effectiveness of translocation, using the fully-refined techniques to complete a transfer of larvae from warmer northern reefs to cooler southern reefs and transfer and deploy settled coral juveniles to target reefs for restoration and recovery.

Project lead

Professor Matthew Dunbabin