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Helping the Great Barrier Reef: What can we do? What should we do?

Modelling and Decision Support

Modelling and Decision Support  Photo: Tourism and Events Queensland The Modelling and Decision Support Subprogram aims to enable Reef restoration and adaptation decision-makers in making

Team members who are part of the regulation subprogram


Regulation Many of the proposed interventions being researched and developed by RRAP will include activities that have not previously been considered within the Great Barrier

Application of field treatments to enhance coral survival

Enhanced Corals and Treatments

Enhanced Corals and Treatments https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLaEj3k1aCo Coral adaptation to the impacts of climate change – including increasing average water temperatures and more frequent and extreme heatwaves

Seeding enhanced corals bred from existing stock with larval/polyp aquaculture

Coral Aquaculture and Deployment

Coral Aquaculture and Deployment Dr Carly Randall conducting spawning research in the National Sea Simulator, AIMS, during coral spawning. Photo: Marie Roman https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OTrA8BqQSE The RRAP

Shading by cloud brightening

Cooling and Shading

Cooling and Shading Field trial of cloud brightening. Photo courtesy of Southern Cross University The RRAP Cooling and Shading R&D Subprogram aims to investigate technologies

Stabilisation by natural bonding

Rubble Stabilisation

Rubble stabilisation Coral growing over 3D frames in Indonesia, photo: Jordan Hollarsmith, UC The RRAP Rubble Stabilisation R&D Subprogram is investigating methods to stabilise damaged


Cryopreservation Jon Daly cryopreserving coral spawn, Heron Island Research Station. Photo credit: Gary Cranitch  The RRAP Cryopreservation R&D Subprogram aims to deliver the important capability

Moving Corals

Moving Corals Floating pools during larval release onto degraded reef patches Photo: SCU Coral restoration using larval seeding aims to speed the return of coral

Coral monitoring on Erub Island

Stakeholder and Traditional Owner Engagement

Stakeholder and Traditional Owner Engagement Coral monitoring on Erub Island. Photo: Tristan Simpson. A fundamental principle of RRAP is to work closely with Great Barrier

Translation to Deployment

Translation to Deployment In order to transition RRAP interventions from research and development to deployment we must ensure the technology, logistics, regulatory approvals and community