Ripe coral colonies ready to spawn – which is when they release egg and sperm bundles – are being collected from the Great Barrier Reef and brought into a laboratory at Heron Island where CSIRO scientists are eagerly waiting for the corals to release their eggs.
Coral spawning typically only occurs once a year in the days following the November full moon. They will be capturing millions of fertile eggs – each one the size of a pinhead – to aid their success in becoming new coral. This will help to develop techniques that will restore parts of the reef at a scale that could make a massive difference.
Growing up in a rural community an hour south of Kuala Lumpur, Zhafri
Zainudin developed a passion for finding solutions to problems faced by
his friends and neighbors. One such friend, an owner of a stand selling
tropical fruit, lamented the amount of product that would spoil before
he could sell it. It got Zhafri thinking: Maybe I can’t stop nature, but could I slow it
down? After much research and experimentation, he found a solution that
worked – applying a beneficial all-natural substance to a sticker.