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 25 reef restoration and recovery training programs, multiple youth leaders workshops and multiple international coral reef management and leadership programs on behalf of the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Australia Awards program.

Reef Restoration Masterclass
Koh Tao Thailand
July 6-9, 2019

Reef restoration, and its effective implementation, is rapidly becoming an  important element of reef conservation and management. Combining the latest scientific knowledge with practical experience from the field, this workshop is designed to improving the knowledge and skills of reef scientists, managers, educators and those interested in making a difference for the future of coral reefs and communities.

This Reef Restoration Masterclass is designed to equip you with the knowledge, skills and tools you need to successfully and responsibly plan, assess and implement reef restoration projects. Underpinned by the latest research findings, and built on a wealth of practical experience with coral restoration and reef management, we have partnered with leading coral reef experts to deliver a world-class training opportunity.

Designed for professionals and community leaders  involved in coral reef management or reef restoration, the Reef Restoration Masterclass will provide technical instruction in addition to hands on reef restoration training by industry experts including former staff of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and a founder of many pioneering reef restoration projects in Thailand. Run over 4 days, the Masterclass will involve a combination of lectures, discussions and hands on restoration activities to provide a collegial and experience-based learning environment.

Key topics covered in the Masterclass include:

  • Principles for design and delivery of successful restoration projects
  • Current and emerging methods for coral reef restoration*
  • Methods and site selection*
  • Developing sustainability and community of practice
  • In-water demonstrations and hands-on application of reef restoration*

* Indicates hands-on activities

There will be an online component hosted by the Reef Resilience Network offered for participants covering
– Introduction to Restoration & Project Planning
– Restoring Coral Populations with Coral Gardening
– Restoring Coral Populations with Larval Propagation
– Restoring Reef Structure for Coastal Resilience
– Rapid Response and Emergency Restoration
– Monitoring for Restoration

Cost and inclusions:

  • Cost: US$990 (Excluding accommodation US$690)
  • Inclusions: 4  nights accommodation on Koh Tao, meals B(3) L(3), D2), workshop materials, all snorkel and dive equipment and a maximum of 6 scuba dives (minimum 4).
  • Prerequisites: Most of the in-water elements of this program will be conducted on scuba. It is recommended you are able to scuba dive to a reasonable proficiency with good buoyancy control. Need scuba diving training, we can provide full PADI dive training on Koh Tao to prepare you for the workshop. Please contact us to inquire about pre-workshop dive training.
  • Max participants: 20 (minimum 6)
  • Registrations: Places in this Masterclass are strictly limited to maximise value to participants. Register early to secure your place. Applications will be accepted until May 31, 2019 or until fully subscribed. Register HERE
  • Cancellation policy:
  • 50% non-refundable deposit is required upon registration.
  • Full payment required by 1st June 2019. No refunds provided following the receipt of full payment.

Coordinated by Reef Ecologic  

The Reef Restoration Masterclass is being convened by Reef Ecologic, a leading reef sustainability practice based in the that has a long history in reef restoration and training and adaptive management, in conjunction with Eco Koh Tao and Crystal Dive, a reef restoration implementation expert in the Gulf of Thailand. Reef Ecologic is a registered not-for-profit company based in Townsville, Australia. We seek to encompass environmental stewardship in all of its business endeavours, adopting a lifecycle perspective that ensures complete sustainability.

Reef Ecologic has recently developed best practice guidelines for reef restoration projects in the Great Barrier Reef and is co-leading an Australian  National Environmental Science Programme investigation on ‘Best practice coral restoration for the Great Barrier Reef’. Reef Ecologic partner with multiple organisations delivering on-ground restoration projects in four locations on the Great Barrier Reef, and are advisors to IUCN, UNEP, UNESCO and the Reef Resilience Network on matters relating to coral reef management, climate change and reef restoration.

Indicative Schedule:

  • Saturday July 6 13:00-17:00 (1pm to 5pm) Introductions & Opening Remarks, followed by Welcome Reception at 18:00-20:00 (6pm to 8pm)
  • Sunday July 7: Introduction to Coral Restoration, Introduction to local coral restoration methods and techniques coral restoration including site and species selection (in-water)
  • Monday July 8: Coral restoration methods. Coral nursery establishment. Fragment collection and preparation (in-water).
  • Tuesday July 9: Enhanced larval recruitment. Using sexual reproduction techniques in reef restoration.  Nursery propagation and outplanting (in-water). Concluding with a Final Reception BBQ.
  • Wednesday July 10: Optional additional dives (2) to some of Koh Tao’s premier dive sites. (Additional costs and fees apply).

Need Dive Training?

If you are not a certified scuba diver, or would like to expand your dive knowledge and experience we can provide additional diver training through our delivery partners Crystal Dive Resort. PADI Open Water and Advanced Open Water Courses start as little as US$300. This is a great opportunity to hone your dive skills, buoyancy or just get comfortable in the environment.

How do I get to Koh Tao?

Koh Tao is a small island in the Gulf of Thailand. Access is via the international airport at Koh Samui. From Koh Samui multiple ferries run each day and take approximately 90 mins to the make the journey. Bookings can be made online at Lomprayah or Seatran. Both companies have morning transfers that will allow you to arrive on time for our 1300 start on July 6th.

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Introduction to Reef Restoration
Orpheus Island – November 30 – December 2, 2018

Reef Restoration Workshop December 2018 Media Release

Training in “First Aid” for the Reef

Government, industry and community group representatives converged on the Great Barrier Reef to learn and share knowledge on current and emerging technologies to assist the recovery and restoration of coral reefs.

Coral reefs are facing unprecedented threats from a combination of climate change and local pressures. People can make a difference to reef health by reducing threats and improving coral reefs using methods such as reef restoration and coral gardening.

Sometimes compared to “first aid for the reef”, Reef restoration is rapidly developing into an exciting approach for helping coral reefs bounce back after damaging events such as cyclones, ship groundings and mass coral bleaching events. New methods and insights are coming online at an unprecedented pace, and it is crucial that people involved in reef conservation and sustainable use understand the benefits, limitations and best practices relating to reef restoration.

Fourteen reef managers, consultants and local community members attended an inaugural reef restoration workshop to learn about the latest in reef restoration and to share experiences and ideas for helping coral reefs. Held at Orpheus Island Research Station on the central region of the Great Barrier Reef in December 2018, the workshop was coordinated by Reef Ecologic in partnership with National Landcare and James Cook University. It provided a valuable opportunity to share contemporary scientific knowledge and practical experience on reef restoration and devise a strategic framework for future training.

Involving an exciting schedule of expert presentations, immersive learning on reef restoration methods and the memorable personal experience of snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef, the workshop provided a unique opportunity for participants to enhance their knowledge of reef restoration and understand the role it may be able to play in helping to build the resilience of the Reef at local scales.

“This was a really amazing introduction to reef restoration and opened my eyes to the future possibilities. I loved practising creating the coral nursery, snorkelling to do Reef Health Impact Surveys and learning more about the Reef first hand. I also enjoyed the opportunity to chat to other people from other industries to hear about their efforts in reef restoration,” said Kalita Free, Graduate Scientist with consultancy group Ecosure.

“It was a great forum and opportunity for scientists to share knowledge and experience of reef management and restoration techniques and innovations. We look forward to working with all stakeholders to provide future focussed solutions in active reef management to strengthen the resilience of the reef” said Madelaine Hooper, Marine Scientist with consultancy group Cardno.

James Cook University’s Orpheus Island Research Station manager Bec Tite was excited by the proposed outcomes for the workshop for the local environment. “We  have a rehabilitation zone and a proposed restoration demonstration site on the reefs around Orpheus Island and it would be a great educational tool for all visitors to the station” she said.

“This is the first reef restoration workshop of its kind on the Great Barrier Reef. Our compqny Reef Ecologic is proud to lead the design of the reef restoration course and workshop and involve the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Ecosure, Tangaroa Blue, Reef Check and Cardno to co-design a future reef restoration training program” said Assoc Prof. Adam Smith, Director of Reef Ecologic. “Everyone’s passion and enthusiasm for the reef and education provided significant opportunities for the future.”

“It was great to learn more about coral restoration and discuss future applications that can support reef resilience locally while increasing active community engagement and awareness in the process, ” commented Gemma Molinaro from Reef Check Australia.

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