Taking action today to save the world’s corals for tomorrow.
An exceptional group of individuals and organisations have joined forces with a single purpose: to collect living specimens of the world’s coral species and preserve them in a ‘coral ark’, creating a true legacy for future generations.
The need is driven by unprecedented losses in coral cover and declines in reef health resulting from a range of pressures – most significantly coral bleaching events driven by climate change. With every successive bleaching event, we are losing the most vulnerable coral reefs and species.
Globally, coral reefs support over 25% of all marine species, and over 1 billion people depend on them for their survival. Nationally, the Great Barrier Reef has been conservatively estimated to contribute over $6.4 billion in direct value-add to the Australian economy and support over 64,000 jobs.
The situation is critical if we are to sustain what remains of the largest natural living structure on the planet and an Australian icon, the Great Barrier Reef.
The time to act is now