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Red Cat Adventures is proud to be one of 17 operators that secured a funding opportunity as part of the Australian Governments $3.2 million Tourism Industry Activation and Reef Protection Initiative (TIARPI)​.


This funding allowed us to repurpose our vessels and crew to undertake site stewardship projects as well as education of our passengers.


Red Cat Reefsearch undertook:​

  • 152 hours in the field completing

  • 219 Reef Health and Impact Surveys (RHIS) at 21 current and potential tourism sites, and uploading data collected to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s Eye on the Reef system.​

  • Reef intervention and conservation activities including crown-of-thorns starfish and drupella snail control.

  • Capturing of real-time imagery of the Reef and operational activities to be used in developing education and communication materials that educate people about the beauty of the Reef and the need for its protection. This will also be used to support domestic and international tourism campaigns in post-COVID-19 recovery​


In 2018 at two of the most popular snorkeling spots in the Whitsundays rope and tray nurseys were installed. This project was funded by the Great Barrier Reef Foundation and ran by Reef Ecologic and was aimed to work with the tourism operators to help regenerate the coral in affected bays. 


Red Cat Adventures was proud to assist with the set up of the 4 nurseys and to help the restoration project begin. During 2019-2020 Red Cat Adventures outplanted 1357 healthy corals from those structures directly onto the live coral rock at Manta Ray Bay and Blue Pearl Bay. In 2021, the project wrapped up and outplanted all the remaining healthy coral from the nurseys onto the reef. 


Today, Manta Ray Bay is recovering and growing amazingly. The coral from the nursery is now unrecogniseable and some of the guests get an opportunity to see these corals when visiting.

Left: Red Cat Adventures at Manta Ray Bay

Right: 2019-2021 final results

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