Join us to complete the most precious collection on EarthWatch the film
Great Barrier Reef coral
species preserved forever
THE FOREVER REEF PROJECT WILL PRESERVE CORAL BIODIVERSITY FOR GENERATIONS TO COME.
It's a groundbreaking initiative to collect living specimens of the world's coral species and preserve them in a living ‘coral ark ’. We can protect coral biodiversity forever, but our window of opportunity is rapidly closing and we can't keep doing this alone.
We need you.
Find & identify wild coral
Species also tagged
Collect living coral sample
Live parent colony
left on reef
1 sample of each species
10-30 variations of
Each sample is divided into multiple living fragments
Each fragment is placed on an RFID plug for tracking in a database
Fragment size doubles every 6-12 months
stored in database
Living coral fragments maintained and monitored in tanks
Living coral fragments, tissue samples and DNA are made available for reef research and restoration efforts
Why do we need to do this?
Coral cover and biodiversity are declining worldwide due to climate change. Losing coral reefs will be catastrophic. They support 25% of all marine life, provide essential foods and services to an estimated one billion people and serve as natural marine barriers that protect coastal communities.LEARN MORE
HOW MUCH WOULD YOU LIKE TO DONATE?
Nominate an amount of your choosing.
Support a single coral fragment health check within the Forever Reef collection
Support 4 coral fragment health checks within the collection.
Adopt a coral and help care for and maintain that single coral fragment within the Forever Reef collection.
Helps fund the next coral collection diving expedition. We need $6000 for each trip out to the reef.
Funds 1 full-day diving expedition to collect up to 9 new coral species.
Helps fund the ongoing costs of maintenance and coral supplements for the Forever Reef Facility for one year.
Fund a 4-day collecting expedition - 4 full-day diving operations for coral species collections - possibility for up to 36 new species collected
Funds a remote 7-day collection expedition to search for rare coral species. We estimate that this will lead to the discovery and collection of approximately 30 new species.
Funds a remote 14-day collection expedition to search for rare coral species. We estimate that 14 full days of diving operations would lead to approximately 72 new species being collected.
Funds a remote 30-day collection expedition to search for rare coral species. A 30-day diving operation would lead to approximately 112 new species being collected.
Funds the collection of the remaining 200 species of hard coral from The Great Barrier Reef to complete the most precious collection on earth.
Funds the collection of the remaining 200 species of Great Barrier Reef hard coral to complete the full collection and then maintain the Forever Reef for 3 years.
Facilities - Cairns Aquarium
The first official hub of the Forever Reef Project is now open at Cairns Aquarium, North Queensland. The facility is home to many species of precious coral already collected from the Great Barrier Reef, and is capable of hosting up to 12,000 live coral fragments.