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Millions of people and species of wildlife depend on coral reefs. While climate change threatens their future, science shows that corals can adapt and survive if we keep them healthy.
Cutting-edge Science. Community Engagement.
For nearly 30 years, we have combined cutting-edge science and community engagement to reduce direct threats to reefs and to promote scalable and effective solutions for their protection.
Impact Globally, Regionally, & Locally
We employ a variety of conservation approaches and engage diverse communities around the world to save coral reefs.
It Can Happen
Coral reefs can adapt to climate change. If together we take the right actions, they can evolve and thrive for generations to come.
Meet Heather Starck
Get to know CORAL’s new executive director and learn why she is determined to save the world’s coral reefs.
When 8-year-old Maya learned about coral reefs, she was instantly intrigued by their vibrant colors, unique characteristics, and the countless benefits they bring to ocean wildlife and coastal communities. She also felt scared and deeply upset after finding out that coral reefs are declining at alarming rates. Inspired to take action, Maya wrote to us… Continue Reading →
Can coral restoration save coral reefs? That’s a question we at CORAL have been asked time and time again. It’s a good question—but it’s also a complex one. The answer may not be what you think. The Risks with Growing and Planting Corals In many scientific communities, “coral restoration” refers to the act of growing… Continue Reading →
Let’s travel to the island of Maui, Hawai‘i—a place of natural beauty, rich culture, and of course, vibrant coral reefs that we work tirelessly to protect. In 2022, we have advanced our watershed restoration project in West Maui, which focuses on decreasing sediment runoff that reaches coral reefs. West Maui used to have an abundance… Continue Reading →
We are proud to announce Charity Navigator, a charity assessment organization, has officially granted CORAL a four-star rating for its excellence as a highly effective charity. This is the best possible rating and it signifies that we are meeting or exceeding industry standards and best practices across almost all areas evaluated. With an inclusive company… Continue Reading →
By Ben Charo, Global Conservation Science Program Coordinator Coral reefs face a difficult and uncertain future. According to a recent UN climate report, the Earth is currently on track to warm by 2.5 degrees Celsius by 2100, enough to wipe out 99% of reefs. We must reduce greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 50% in the… Continue Reading →
Did you know there’s a fish tank that produces tasty vegetables, can create economic opportunities, and helps protect coral reefs? It’s called an aquaponics system, and it combines aquaculture and hydroponics to raise fish and grow organic fruits and vegetables. An aquaponics system relies on a symbiotic relationship between fish and plants. Fish waste fertilizes… Continue Reading →
Calling all parents, teachers, and caregivers! Are you looking for a fun, hands-on activity to teach your child about the ocean? Look no further. We’ve put together a “Kids’ Guide to Coral Reef Conservation,” designed to teach your little ones about some of the ocean’s most valuable and biodiverse ecosystems: coral reefs. Despite covering just… Continue Reading →
Think back to 2020—hospital visits rose as COVID cases climbed, borders closed, businesses and schools shut down, and people panicked. The world we once knew spun upside down in a matter of days. And like so many, ocean conservation organizations, which depend highly on tourism revenue, suddenly faced unprecedented challenges as they worked to protect… Continue Reading →
With an almost 500% increase in fish biomass, a successful “closed fishing season” in Tela Bay, Honduras is offering relief to both community fishers and nearby coral reefs. Recently, the proper funding and on-the-ground support has allowed the Tela community to effectively carry-out a two-month closed fishing season in coastal lagoons and enforce sustainable fishing… Continue Reading →
New Executive Director Heather Starck is making a splash in the world of marine conservation through her leadership at CORAL and immense dedication to saving the world’s coral reefs. When she’s not rereading “Lord of the Rings” or rooting for her favorite college basketball team, Starck is scuba diving to some of the world’s most… Continue Reading →