Recovery, Restoration and Resilience

Training

Reef Ecologic has a long history in reef restoration, training and adaptive management.

Reef Ecologic has recently developed best practice guidelines for Developing Reef Restoration Projects in the Great Barrier Reef for the Great Barrier Reef Foundation and are currently co-leading a National Environmental Science Programme investigation,  ‘Best practice coral restoration for the Great Barrier Reef’.

CLICK HERE to listen to the ABC Interview with Dr Adam Smith and Lisa Bostrom-Einarrson discussing the Reef, research, climate change, projects and mentioned the upcoming GBR Symposium.

Reef Ecologic is coordinating a hands-on reef restoration masterclass in Thailand in July 2019. For more details click HERE

Reef Ecologic is partnering with James Cook University scientists seeking the best ideas from around the world to find ways to help repair the Great Barrier Reef (GBR). As coral cover in the Great Barrier Reef continues to degrade, pressure is growing for direct interventions to assist the recovery of corals at significant sites. A range of coral restoration and assisted recovery techniques have been trialed overseas, however there has not been an evaluation of what will work best in GBR conditions. The first step of the project is a global review of what has worked elsewhere. Dr Ian McLeod from JCU’s Tropical Water & Aquatic Ecosystem Research Hub and Dr Adam Smith from Reef Ecologic are co-leading the project. Read the full JCU media release HERE

The Great Barrier Reef’s First Mineral Accretion Reef Restoration Project

Our team has partnered with Quicksilver Connections, one of Queensland largest tourism organisations, to implement the first trial of mineral accretion technology to support reef recovery on the Great Barrier Reef. A key dive site adjacent to Quicksilver’s large tourist pontoon has provided an opportunity to develop restoration approaches for use at reefs that have suffered the combined effects of coral bleaching, cyclone damage and crown-of-thorns starfish infestations.  As part of an innovative reef recovery research program, we installed steel mesh frames energised with electrical current. This innovative approach for the GBR is designed to accelerate substrate stabilisation and growth rates of coral fragments attached to the frames. We are trialing a range of variations to this method to assess its feasibility and ascertain conditions for success. The results of this restoration R&D project will provide critical information for establishing best practice restoration methods in the Great Barrier Reef and beyond.

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Reef Restoration Workshop Magnetic Island

Reef Restoration Workshop Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island Reef Restoration workshop will be another exciting opportunity to learn about critical actions to improve the health and resilience of reefs at local scales. Reef Ecologic have extensive experience in the delivery of informative, high quality capacity building workshops in science, management and reef restoration.

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Reef Restoration Workshops

Reef Restoration Workshops

Reef Ecologic have extensive experience in the delivery of informative, high quality capacity building workshops in science, management and reef restoration. The team has delivered over delivered over 25 reef restoration and recovery training programs, multiple youth leaders workshops and multiple international management and leadership programs as Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Australia Awards.

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Reef Futures 2018

Reef Futures 2018

Reef Ecologic were proud to share a wonderful opportunity with youth from Florida to be a part of an international coral reef restoration and interventions symposium in December, 2018. This was a fantastic opportunity to engage a select few of the next generation to discuss restoration options for the coral reefs and how they may become active participants in future restoration initiatives.

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Recovery, Restoration and Resilience

Recovery, Restoration and Resilience

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