What You Can Do
If you care about saving coral reefs, there are lots of ways you can help.
- Make a Donation
- Become a Friend of the Reef
- Be a Smart Consumer
- Show Your Support for CORAL
- Become an Advocate
- Live Sustainably
- Join Our Online Communities
- Enter the CORAL Photo Contest
- Raise Money for CORAL
- Educate Others
- Do Even More...
We unite communities to protect coral reefs in our project sites around the world. We want to expand our work, and we need your help. Donate Now »
Make a regular monthly or quarterly donation to CORAL and receive special benefits as a Friend of the Reef:
- One-year subscription to our quarterly print newsletter, CORAL Current
- Subscription to our electronic newsletter, E-Current
- Our annual wall calendar featuring stunning underwater photography
- Recognition in the annual report
- And more...
Support the health of the oceans when you shop by understanding how your purchases can impact the environment.
Don't buy coral jewelry - Harvesting of red coral for jewelry is deadly. CORAL's partner and supporter, Tiffany & Co., says it’s "too precious to wear."
Choose seafood wisely - If you don't know which fish are sustainably harvested and safe to eat, we have guides that can help you make the right choices.
Support coral-friendly businesses - Know what to look for when planning your next dive trip or vacation.
Buy a copy of Reef - CORAL receives a portion of the proceeds from every copy sold of this beautiful coffee table book and DVD produced by Scubazoo and published by DK.
Give the gift of coral reefs - CORAL memberships make great gifts for friends and family members who care about our planet.
Shop smart - Buy from your favorite stores and save coral reefs at the same time: premier online dive shop Leisure Pro has partnered with CORAL to raise awareness about the importance of saving coral reefs now. And, when you shop at your favorite online retailers using iGive, you can make sure CORAL gets a donation.
To help CORAL raise awareness about the importance of saving coral reefs and the work we do:
Add a badge to your website, blog, or e-mail signature.
Send a beautiful coral reef E-Card to three of your friends and ask each of them to pass it on.
Call, email, and send letters to your elected officials to let them know that you passionately support ocean conservation.
Reauthorization of the Coral Reef Conservation Act of 2000 (H.R. 860) would expand federal coral reef conservation efforts and give the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration more authority to respond to emergency situations when corals are harmed. It would codify a coral reef task force first created in 2000. The bill, H.R. 860, is similar to a previous version of the coral reef act that passed the House in 2007 but stalled in the Senate. This bill has also passed the House, but needs your help to move forward in the Senate.
Learn more and ask the Senate to pass H.R. 860 »
Take small but powerful and environmentally conscious steps like switching to compact fluorescent light bulbs, planting native trees, buying energy-efficient cars, and teleconferencing instead of flying.
Follow the 3 R's—reduce, reuse, recycle—to ameliorate the negative impacts of pollution and landfills on the health of our oceans.
Check out the CORAL resources section for more ways to protect our environment.
Conserving energy to reduce your carbon footprint is one way to fight the effects of global warming and lessen large-scale threats to reef ecosystems. Discover your current carbon footprint and measure your conservation success using a carbon footprint calculator.
Join the Coral Reef Revolution and become a member of our Facebook cause.
To help raise awareness about the threats to our planet's coral reefs, enter your underwater photos in the CORAL E-Current Photo Contest for a chance to win a copy of Reef by Scubazoo. Winning photographs will be featured in the bimonthly issue of E-Current, our free electronic newsletter. By focusing on the beauty of coral reefs, we can remind people of what's at stake. Enter today!
Launch your own fundraising campaign with help from Change.org or Chip in. Be sure to let us know about your progress so we can share your story with other coral reef supporters to inspire more people to get involved.
Whether you are a teacher, a student, or simply a concerned and responsible citizen, you have the ability to share your passion and knowledge with others. Because much of the visible damage to coral reef ecosystems happens deep in the ocean, many people don’t realize that our reefs are in trouble, nor do they understand that this crisis will affect all of us, no matter where we live. Please help us get the word out; we have lots of educational materials to help you.
Give a presentation - at your school, a club, or a house party that you host.
Contact the media - write a letter to the editor or pitch a coral-related article in your local newspaper.
Sign up for CORAL’s e-mail list - we'll let you know about opportunities for you to help your elected officials understand the importance of coral reef conservation.
Become a CORAL volunteer - we’re always looking for smart and passionate people to help us save coral reefs.
Research corporate matching - ask your company to match your personal donation or underwrite CORAL’s publications, Web site, or videos.
Remember CORAL at tax time - designate CORAL for a Combined Federal Campaign Contribution (#10418).
Add CORAL to your will - and make the gift of living reefs part of your legacy.
Do even more - contribute appreciated securities, real estate, art, or other items of value.
We need your help! Anything you can do to give, teach, or inspire on behalf of coral reefs is deeply appreciated, not only by CORAL, but also by the millions of creatures, human and otherwise, that depend on coral reefs. Thank you.