Overfishing the herbivorous fish that keep algae from overgrowing reefs poses a serious threat to reef health.Photo by CORAL staff

Improve Reef Management

Establishing marine protected areas (MPAs) is critical to conserving coral reefs ecosystems. But MPAs alone are not enough. Someone needs to be responsible for developing and enforcing rules within those protected areas, and those people must have the training, funding, and other resources necessary to be effective.

Oftentimes, the creation of marine parks is the only step taken, with little consideration as to whether they will be successful. CORAL works with local communities around the world to develop and implement reef management plans that create conditions for success: developing sustainable financing systems, increasing local management capacity, and building buy-in from local residents who rely on the many benefits reefs provide.