A groundbreaking project, the Living Coral Biobank will safeguard the biodiversity of all known hard coral species through the collection, housing and maintenance of corals and their algal and bacterial symbionts in a state of the art holding facility in Port Douglas. Backup fragments will also be housed by public aquariums and home aquarists to create the largest collaborative preservation network of corals, ensuring their survival into the future until ocean conditions improve.
Combining all existing citizen science reef monitoring programs, the ultimate goal of this project is to improve the accuracy, reliability and usefulness of programs on the GBR. By conducting and combining a multitude of existing citizen science programs, we provide end users (including managers, operators, scientists and citizens) with easy access to a wide range of health indicators which can ideally be utilised to improve model estimates.
Bringing together scientists, community leaders, Traditional Owners and industry partners to build and install two artificial reef structures at Low Isles off Port Douglas. This project aims to assist with reef restoration, engage the community and enhance tourist experiences through contributing to the regrowth and regeneration of coral communities in a high value and sensitive area of the Marine Park.
We have conducted 22 microplastic tows along the east coast of Australia - from Sydney to the far northern Great Barrier Reef - for our friends at the International SeaKeepers Society. The collected microplastic samples are shipped to Florida International University where they are qualitatively analyzed and quantified to help map marine microplastic densities around the world.
We support Mangrove Watch by hosting local events in collaboration with CAFNEC, where citizens can participate in training, monitoring and data collection events on mangrove and salt marsh health.
With our expert in-house media team, we support QUT's Virtual Reef Diver project (in collaboration with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority) by creating a multi-media campaign and hosting promotional events along the GBR.
We support Tangaroa Blue and the Australian Marine Debris Initiative by conducting beach clean up’s in remote locations such as sand cays along the northern Great Barrier Reef.