Sunday April 15, 2012
A mass-spawning event was predicted for corals in the Kimberley region between April 14-16, 2012; 7 - 9 days after the full moon on April 7, 2012 and a month after the previous spawning event in mid March. Along with the help of AIMS coral expert, Dr Andrew Heyward, the team at KMRS was keen to observe and document any possible spawning activity on local reefs during this time. To do so, hard and soft corals at 4 near-shore reefs close to the station were checked for gamete maturation. Colonies exhibiting mature gametes were collected and set up in tanks at KMRS for observation over the predicted spawning period.
We are excited to have witnessed this event after the hard coral spawning that took place in March. We look forward to tracking future spawning events for local coral species and building upon the current knowledge base on reproductive patterns of Kimberley corals.
KMRS would once again like to extend our sincere thanks to Dr Heyward for generously sharing his expertise with us and to the crew at Cygnet Bay for their on-going support.