Coral transplant raises Barrier Reef survival hopes

  • Coral bred in one part of the Great Barrier Reef was successfully transplanted into another area.
  • In a trial at the reef’s Heron Island off Australia’s east coast, the researchers collected large amount of coral spawn and eggs late last year, grew them into larvae and then transplanted them into areas of damaged reef.
  • It shows we can start to restore and repair damaged coral populations where the natural supply of coral larvae has been compromised.
  • The Great Barrier Reef is reeling from an unprecedented second-straight year of coral bleaching because of warming sea temperatures linked to climate change.


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