Australian-based Coral Expeditions has taken the lead on a special voyage in partnership with Australian Geographic and Great Barrier Reef Legacy that brought together expert scientific specialists and conservation-minded guests.
Over 10 special nights in July, the inaugural Citizen Science Expedition on the Great Barrier Reef was led by some of the world’s leading reef and species scientists. And the mission: to conduct a behavioural study of the rare dwarf minke whale and survey and sample collections of coral species to add to the Living Coral Biobank. This groundbreaking project helps preserve and protect coral diversity while allowing guests to experience real science first hand.
Coral Expeditions and guests onboard contributed $30,000 in funding from the expedition to go towards the GBR Legacy Living Biobank Project. The expedition cruise line has developed plans to conduct Citizen Science voyages annually in different regions of the Great Barrier Reef and further afield around Australia.
These include natural events such as the 2022 Coral Spawning on the Great Barrier Reef, a 2023 hybrid Solar Eclipse Voyage in Australia’s North West and a turtle Conservation expedition along the length of the Great Barrier Reef in 2024.
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