Coral Spawning

Last week I was involved with covering Project Spawn 2019 on the Great Barrier Reef.  The project was a collaboration between Tourism and Events Queensland, the Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef, the scientific community and local tourism operators to create media awareness about this year’s coral spawning event and the various research underway to protect and restore the reef.   Based at the Reef Magic Pontoon on Moore Reef, visiting media were briefed on Crown of Thorns Starfish (COTS) research, reef stabilization works and the Larval Restoration Project, using coral larvae from the spawning event to create new areas of coral growth.

The day was about capturing in images this education process, both on board the pontoon and below the surface, as journalists were immersed in the colourful underwater world.  Later that day, we headed out for a night dive, with hopes of witnessing the peak action of this year’s coral spawning.   Unfortunately, despite the best predictions, our timing was off for the peak, however we were able to see some spawning activity, as well the diverse marine life active at night on the Great Barrier Reef.

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