The effect of climate change and rising sea temperature has drawn global focus on the Great Barrier Reef.
During the November 2016 coral spawning, Professor Harrison and his team travelled to the Great Barrier Reef's Heron Island for the Australian-first trial.
When taking measures for restoring damaged coral reef, there is another thing that needs to be taken into consideration.
Professor Peter Harrison from Southern Cross University in New South Wales, Australia collects coral spawn off the coast of Heron Island on the GBR, matures it in tanks and then transplants it later.
Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort managing director Peter Gash welcomed new funding to protect the southern Great Barrier Reef and said it recognised the hard work his team had already done.
Even though the project can not restore the vast network, which holds more than 3,000 reefs over 132,819 square miles, the scientists hope it will help rebuild the feeder reefs, which supply coral to other areas, thereby supporting the marine ecosystem, ABC reported.
"There is much more to be done, but this is definitely a great leap forward for the reef, and for the restoration and fix of reefs worldwide", she said. But climate change is really changing that.
"We need to be more proactive and intervene to give the Reef a better chance and that's why supporting leading-edge research like this is a priority for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority".
Mumby said new information about the reef and the way it functioned and repaired itself was readily adopted by the marine park authorities into its management plans, and received support from the federal government.
"Our previous studies in the Philippines showed that corals can grow from microscopic larvae to dinner-plate sized adult colonies within three years and were able to sexually reproduce", he said.
He sees great promise in the mass larval restoration approach and says it has the potential to make a difference to reef recovery on a larger scale using natural coral spawn slicks that contain many millions of larvae from different coral species.
The warming sea temperatures brought the most damage to the corals.
UQ School of Biological Sciences Dr Karlo Hock said the presence of these well-connected reefs meant the whole system of coral reefs possessed a level of resilience to help it bounce back from disturbances.
"The Great Barrier Reef is about the size of Italy and at any given time there are patches that have been damaged and patches that are pretty good, so it has an ability to heal itself if you like".