Coral IVF spearheads Australian innovation to world’s business leaders

Scuba divers swimming in coral reef, with front diver holding a cameraProfessor Peter Harrison inspecting four-year-old corals at Heron Island lagoon in December 2020.

Pioneer of the Coral IVF technique, Professor Peter Harrison of Southern Cross University, features in a new video series showcasing Australian innovation to the world.

Called Australia Innovates and produced by Tourism Australia, the video series demonstrates our homegrown expertise to position Australia as a leading business events destination to markets in Europe and North America.

Professor Peter Harrison’s pioneering coral reef restoration program, known as Coral IVF, is a critical step in protecting Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and has the potential to regenerate reefs around the world.

Video transcript

PROFESSOR PETER HARRISON: Australians are incredibly lucky because we have spectacular seascapes that are found nowhere else on the planet. The Coral IVF process is designed to use the natural processes of coral spawning to regenerate the reef system so that we have healthy thriving reef communities not only for the Great Barrier Reef but for other reefs around the world.

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“Australia Innovates series is a wonderful opportunity to showcase coral larval restoration to new audiences and I’m honoured to be included as one of the key innovators selected,” Professor Harrison said.

“The Coral IVF process is designed to use the natural processes of coral spawning to regenerate the reef system so that we have healthy thriving reef communities not only for the Great Barrier Reef but for other reefs around the world.”

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