The first thing anyone discovers when trying to plant corals, is that it takes money and lots of hard work! This is a reminder of how important existing coral cover is. Protecting existing coral stock, and its ability to continue producing larvae, are the first and most basic steps. This protection is achieved through local management practices, responsible tourism and Marine Park regulations. All regulatory activities – including those for coral propagation and planting are aligned to the core effective management policies and practices of the Great Barrier Reef.