1st recording of Red Sea coral spawning

The Hurghada Environmental Protection and Conservation Association has announced it has recorded a mass coral spawning event in the Red Sea for the first time.

Acropora corals, a common hard coral species in the Red Sea, were observed in a mass spawning event after a ten year study to try and pin down the timings of the event.

Mass spawning events occur across the world and were made famous by the BBC Blue Planet series which recorded an event on the Great Barrier Reef. In recent years events throughout the Caribbean have become diving tourist attractions.

The HEPCA website states the scientists headed by Professor Mahmoud Hanafy and Dr Mohammed Kotb discovered the event was due to occur either two days before or after the full moons in April and May. Their assumption proved correct as the mass spawning of more than 12 species took place on the 3rd and 4th of May.

HEPCA coral spawn video