At the recent Coastal Restoration Symposium held at James Cook University, Dr Adam Smith and Associate Professor Paul Marshall provided and engaging presentation on the restoration in general, and the Reef Recovery project on Magnetic Island.
About the Reef Recovery Research Project
Reef Recovery on Magnetic Island is an innovative project in partnership with government, researchers, industry and community that aims to make a positive environmental, social and economic benefit for our local reefs and communities. The project activities focuses on the manual removal of overgrowing, weedy macroalgal on the fringing reefs of Magnetic Island. At Magnetic Island nearshore reefs there is lots of seaweed and declining amounts of coral. We have research permits which allow controlled collection of seaweed to allow future corals space to grow and for juvenile corals to settle. While macroalgae is crucial for reef health, too much of it can upset the fine ecological balance of coral reefs.