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The World’s First Coral Biobank

There is good news from the world of science where a new coral ark project aims to house over 800 corals in a new facility.

While coral reefs have come under increasing pressure from climate change and pollution, there is good news from the world of science where a new coral ark project aims to house over 800 corals in a new facility.

A report in The Guardian shared some background details. 

“Inspired by Norway’s global seed vault, and with architecture influenced by mushroom coral, the bank will also include a function space, research labs, and serve as an aquarium-like tourist attraction for Port Douglas in far north Queensland, a gateway to the adjacent Great Barrier Reef.”

This new facility will also bring the Great Barrier Reef closer to visitors, which might also reduce disruptions from tourism.

The coral ark will allow visitors to see hundreds of species up close and even observe some of the rare glowing ones at night time.

So far, the project has managed to secure the land and almost $5 million in funding, and organizers hope that it will be fully operational by 2025. 

It’s a fantastic way to ensure that marine biodiversity gains more protection, but it should not distract from the more significant risks posed by climate change.



Chris is one of GreenCitizen’s writers who has been a long-time advocate of individual responsibility when it comes to the environment. He shares GreenCitizen's passion for making the world a better place every day of the year.

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