This program is funded through the Australian and Queensland Government Coral Abundance Challenge. Stage 1 was a “Proof of Feasibility” phase which tested materials and techniques between June 2018 and February 2019 at a single reef (Opal Reef, Wavelength). Stage 2 is a “Proof of Concept” stage assessing the up-scalability of the approach to multiple reef sites and practitioner circumstances.
GBRMPA guidelines recommend limiting the scope of research during a “Proof of Concept” stage as a precautionary approach, hence the program is limited in scale during the period June 2019 to June 2020. Five tourism industry partners have joined forces to undertake the next 12-month stage at five different reefs. If successful the program can then be extended to additional participants and locations.
As well as partnering with the Coral Nurture Program, each of these tour operators also runs additional conservation, sustainability, research, education, or community engagement activities of their own.