In December 2017, Reef Ecologic were instrumental in supporting the Reef Restoration Foundation in the establishment of the first coral nurseries on the Great Barrier Reef at Fitzroy Island, Cairns In collaboration with a team of volunteers, local businesses, organisations and researchers established the first coral nursery on the Great Barrier Reef.
Reef Ecologic, together with the Coral Restoration Foundation, NOAA and Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary are hosting this youth leaders workshop, Reef Restoration and Its Relevance to the Next Generation, to discuss and share ideas on reef restoration and solutions to improve the health of the world’s reefs and oceans.
Reef Ecologic staff were part of an expert panel of scientists, industry and government that developed and implemented the Australian Fish Names Standards for over 4,000 species of fish. This innovative project assists management, science and the public and stopped fish substitution and increased consumer confidences in purchasing and eating seafood.
Tuvalu is considered one of the world’s most susceptible countries to the adverse impacts of climate change and rising sea levels. Tuvalu, pronounced “too-VAH-loo”, is an independent constitutional monarchy in the southwest Pacific Ocean between latitudes 5 degrees and 11 degrees south and longitudes 176 degrees and 180 degrees east. Formerly known as the Ellice Islands. The population of approximately 11,097 (est 2016) live on Tuvalu’s nine atolls, which have a total land area of 27 square kilometres. This ranks Tuvalu as the fourth smallest country in the world, in terms of land area.
Despite lofty emissions targets and pledges by the international community, scientists predict that the effects of climate change are likely to get worse before any improvement is realised. Consequently, the next generation is in line to inherit natural ecosystems in a much poorer, and declining state than present, potentially requiring drastic action to support reef resilience and ecosystem health.