In December, 2017, Reef Ecologic joined the Reef Restoration Foundation and a suite of partners in setting up the Great Barrier Reef’s first coral nursery. In January a group of volunteers helped conduct maintenance and observation of the corals. Time 02:49
It has been about six weeks since we set up the coral nurseries at Fitzroy Island
Today we are going out ourselves as one of the volunteers to be part of the process to see how the corals are doing and make sure everything is going smoothly.
So It’s a bit cloudy, it’s a bit windy, and we are not anticipating the visibility to be very good at all.
This is one of the many days that a group of volunteers have joined the Reef Restoration Foundation for a regular maintenance and cleaning dive if you will. And we use these dives to make sure the corals have the best opportunity to grow and thrive
And we also collect a little bit of scientific data on the way so today we were looking at the condition of the corals and just checking for survival rates essentially.
We use toothbrushes to clean the wires, stems and main trunk of these coral nursery trees. From the overgrowing algae to give the corals as much of a chance as they can get to grow big enough for us to eventually transplant them out onto the natural reef.
I wasn’t here to kickstart this project in December but it is really nice to finally get out and see what progress has been made since then.
Unfortunately the conditions were not ideal to say the least. We had about 3 metres of visibility if that, we had a pretty strong current on the first dive.
We have around 15 knots of wind, pretty strong current and 3-4 metres of visibility. That is maybe one of the worst days we have had here in Fitzroy Island doing our project of coral reef restoration.
We are pretty happy with the corals and looking forward to cleaning the frames and making sure that all of them are alive in the next few weeks, and involving people, trying to make sure this project continues in future.