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REEF LIVE airing today, Friday, 4 December, 8.30 pm (AEDT) and Sunday, 6 December, 8.40 pm (AEDT) on ABC & iview will have you on the edge of your seat as you experience Australia’s wonder of the world from your living room. For the first time ever, experience corals across the outer reef synchronise their spawn release, with scientists capturing the spawn in a race against time to help regenerate the reef before it’s too late. As well as the coral spawning, you’ll watch the reef come alive in the breeding bonanza of fish, birds, and turtles.

The Great Barrier Reef alone generates over $6.4 billion worth of revenue per year and 64,000 full-time jobs, making it one of Australia’s biggest tourist attractions, significantly supporting the local economy*.

REEF LIVE hosts, Hamish Macdonald (Q+A, The Project), Brooke Satchwell (SeaChange) and Dr Jordan Nguyen (scientist and inventor), will be joined by an array of world experts looking at ways to preserve the natural and cultural heritage of the reef for the future. They will discuss Indigenous perspectives, conservation initiatives and how we can all get involved in citizen science projects.

The documentary will also have experts filming above and below the water with Marine biologist, Dr Dean Miller, free diver and marine scientist, Lucas Handley, and shark advocate, Madison Stewart reporting from remote areas of the reef. Back at shore, Dr Ann Jones host of RN’s natural history program Off Track, will broadcast from the world famous hi-tech Seasimulator in Townsville. She’ll be there to watch millions of coral larvae being ‘born’ in captivity, mirroring the events taking place at sea.

Jennifer Collins, ABC Head of Factual & Culture said, “REEF LIVE is a first for Australian viewers, an event for the whole family to share in the magical natural wonder of our Great Barrier Reef.”

“What better way to celebrate the end of the year than with the biggest regenerative event on the planet! Broadcasting live from the Great Barrier Reef as it’s spawning is a massive logistical challenge with high-stakes, but the anticipation is building and we’re hoping it’s a bumper year and we’ll be there in the thick of it” said Karina Holden, Head of Factual, Northern Pictures.

Screen Australia’s Head of Documentary Bernadine Lim said, “We are proud to support this highly innovative project celebrating the wonder of the reef, from the team at Northern Pictures who have a solid track record of creating engaging natural history stories. It’s set to be a must-watch event.”

Screen Queensland’s Chief Creative Officer Jo Dillon said, “REEF LIVE will transport Australian audiences to Queensland in an unmissable screen event that captures rarely seen footage of one of our state’s most iconic natural treasures and tourist attractions.

“The production is truly an example of the power and importance of factual screen stories to ignite passion and curiosity in our precious, natural habitats.”

Production Credit: A Northern Pictures production for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Principal production investment from the ABC in association with Screen Australia. Financed with production funding support from Screen Queensland. Produced by Karina Holden. ABC Documentary Manager: Stephen Oliver, ABC Factual Manager: Julie Hanna, ABC Head of Factual and Culture: Jennifer Collins.