Australia’s tourism economy is at a standstill, leaving the country’s tour boats bobbing in the harbors. Now, some of those companies are repurposing their idle vessels — and staff — for coral restoration missions along the Great Barrier Reef.
One family-owned tour company, Passions of Paradise, is using its catamaran to take scientists to a site on the Great Barrier Reef where they’ve set up “nurseries” where baby coral is being grown and harvested. The new coral is fused with the old to revive it — so far, about 1,000 pieces of coral have been re-planted.
When tours resume passengers will be able to snorkel over the site which boasts healthy marine life and corals near the nursery.