It’s no longer a secret that the corals from Australia’s amazing Great Barrier Reef are slowly dying. The phenomenon known as “bleaching” is affecting them all and it’s all because of the rising temperatures of the ocean waters. Now, after years of searching for a way to save them, it seems like scientists have managed to come up with a solution.
This is the first such project that will slow down the disappearance of the corals in the Great Barrier Reef. The scientists’ plan is to accelerate the growth of new corals through a new technique which they call larval reseeding. This means that the experts are going to collect large samples of coral eggs and sperm. After that, they are going to use them to produce more and more larvae. Over a million of them. The final step will be to reintroduce the larvae into the water and put them in mesh tents that will sit inside the reef.
A new way of growing the coral population
Back in November 2016, a similar pilot project started and had good results. The scientists noticed that in just one year, the new corals had already made themselves at home on the reef. According to Peter Harrison, the lead researcher for this project, that pilot study took place on Heron Island. Fortunately, it had great results and proved that new corals can be created and then reintroduced into their natural habitat and survive without any problems whatsoever. This being said, the technique could very well work on the Great Barrier Reef too.
Moreover, because of the project’s great results, other parts of the world where the coral population is decreasing could also receive a helping hand. This larval reseeding technique shows better results than other techniques like coral gardening or growing corals in nurseries. If all goes well, we may finally save the Great Barrier Reef.
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