Australia's national science agency, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), is collecting “coral slicks” (coral spawn = the pink floating bits!) to restore damaged parts of the Great Barrier Reef.

RESTORATION OF THE MONTH: Queensland, Australia

  • The Recovery of Coral Reefs Using Industrial Techniques (RECRUIT) project aims to restore coral across the whole reef, and they are meeting this challenge through trialing an industrial-scale coral restoration approach.

  • Our new method of collecting coral spawn slicks means that we can transport larvae anywhere, including areas that have suffered major damage and don’t have a natural supply of new larvae coming in.

Happy April Restoration Community!

The CRC Leadership has been actively revising the CRC’s Governance Document as well as tweaking the structure of the CRC to be more inclusive, transparent, and diverse. We expect to be able to share this updated document next month and inform you about upcoming Working Group webinars!

Additionally, we expect to be soliciting nominations for new members of the CRC Leadership soon. Please stay tuned for details on all of the above. In the meantime, subscribe to the CRC YouTube Channel to see
presentations from Reef Futures 2018!

CRC Working Group Calls - We are in the process of updating our schedule (available soon). All are welcome to join the broad interest group webinars.

If you want to get more involved and join a

Core Working Group- please contact

**NO CRC Working Group Calls in April**


  • Training Announcement: The Reef Resilience Network Restoration Mentored Online Course is now open for registration! This course will run from April 15 - May 24, 2019 and is designed to  provide coral reef managers and practitioners with information on common techniques and best practices for coral reef restoration. It features 6 self-paced lessons on topics such as restoration planning and design, coral gardening, larval propagation, physical reef restoration, rapid response to disturbance events, and monitoring, as well as webinars, online discussion on the Reef Resilience Network Forum, and direct access to leading restoration experts. Register here using the enrollment key Restoration2019.

  • Check out 'Growing Corals' – the new SECORE film by Reef Patrol, which shows SECORE’s collaborative work and vision in a nutshell. This short clip outlines their approach to restore coral reefs around the world. Please share broadly!

  • Reef Ecologic is offering a Reef Restoration Masterclass in the Asia Pacific Region that will provide technical instruction in addition to hands on reef restoration training by industry experts. Participants are expected to acquire essential background knowledge provided by the online program offered by the Reef Resilience Network prior to participation.

  • Check out this TOOLKIT and coral outplanting instructional video produced by Nature Seychelles!

  • Join the International Coral Reef Society (ICRS) today and be part of a global team of reef scientists! Only 16 months to ICRS2020 - discounted early registration fees are greater for those that are members during the two years prior to registration, so sign up now!

  • UN Declares Decade of Ecosystem Restoration - The United Nations today recognized the critical role of ecosystem restoration as a tool for improving environmental conditions and enhancing human communities. This global recognition comes after growing calls and commitments by the international community to put ecological restoration at the forefront of national agendas. The Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) applauds this important step toward focusing the world’s attention on the imperative of restoring degraded ecosystems.
  • The Great Barrier Reef Foundation announces the Reef Water Quality Improvement Grant Program. Eleven projects with a proven track record of improving water quality on the GBR have been awarded grants through the Reef Trust Partnership (RTP).


  • The Mote Marine Lab’s Reef Restoration Program is seeking Land-based Coral Nursery Interns.

  • Mote Marine Laboratory is hiring a Postdoctoral Research Position at the Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef Research and Restoration in Summerland Key, Florida, to identify and incorporate resilient coral genotypes into restoration efforts. Anticipated start date: May 1, 2019.


  • Mote Marine Lab has scholarships available for college interns in Summerland Key, Florida.

  • The Navy has just announced a Broad Agency Announcement and is seeking proposals for a variety of "technologies and methodologies to reduce environmental impacts from current and past Navy operations worldwide.” One of the topic areas (No. 2) involves conservation of natural resources and specifically calls out endangered species and the Coral Reef Executive Order.  

  • The Coral Bleaching RCN Early Career Training Program is offering 4 awards to early career researchers to learn a new skill relating to coral bleaching, including laboratory or field method, data analysis tool, or other skills relevant to the study of coral bleaching within the 2019 calendar year. Applications due 15 April 2019.





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Reef Renewal Foundation Bonaire has planted 763 Elkhorn Corals to complete their “pop up coral nursery and restoration” at Oil Slick Leap! Check out the VIDEO!

Floridians are helping save the world's 3rd largest coral reef. Coral Restoration Foundation is working with the USF College of Marine Sciences to spread the word about the coral crisis. Check out the VIDEO! Photo: Yahoo Finance
Rip Curl School of Surf Partners With NGO Ocean Gardener in Sanur Bali to create the first commercial coral mariculture farms in Indonesia, to allow coastal community to create a livelihood and a reason to protect and to restore reefs in their villages. Photo credit: Nicole Helgason

Check out the podcast from Mote Marine Lab’s Dr. Erinn Muller: “On the Front Lines of a Coral Disease Epidemic”. Photo: Conor Goulding/Mote Marine Laboratory

Mote Marine Laboratory is racing to turn back the threat to Florida’s coral reefs: to combat the disease outbreak. Check out the VIDEO! Photo credit: Joe Berg
Researchers embrace a radical idea: engineering coral to cope with climate change by creating hardier hybrids...they have just hours to use the precious material. Photo credit: Mikaela Nordberg, Australia Institute of Marine Science (AIMS)
The Australia Institute for Marine Science is breeding baby corals for warmer seas. This 'assisted evolution' accentuates and optimizes characteristics already present in some corals. Check out the VIDEO! Photo credit: AIMS

Scientists use mini-satellites in effort to save the world's coral reefs - they are mapping coral reefs to inform conservation! Check out the VIDEO!

Sandals Foundation and Clear Caribbean Embark on Coral Restoration in St. Lucia - The Sandals crew on inaugural trip for the coral nursery initiative.

Volunteer divers needed for Maya Bay reef restoration (Thailand)
 The Marine National Park Operation Centre 3 (Trang) is being conducted by the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation.



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