March 2021 – Present - Expansion with diverse operators and reef sites to outplant > 100,000 corals over the next 4 years
Expansion of the program to include additional partners to resolve the cost-effectiveness of high throughput out-planting across diverse GBR reef sites and tourism business operations, and identify the impacts of the efforts to both reef ecologies and tourism stakeholders. The program has a goal of > 100,000 corals over the next four years. Effort is continuing to resolve traits of stress-tolerance of corals that can help inform coral selection for nursery propagation and out planting. Funding for this phase is currently support through novel blended financing by the partnership between the Australian Government’s Reef Trust and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, and in partnership with Reeftip drinks Co..