2023 Year in Review, Ocean-Style

As we welcome in 2024 and anticipate the exciting developments ahead, let’s pause to reflect on the impact we made together in 2023. It was a year filled with significant achievements, insightful articles, and some fantastic new faces joining our team.

We invite you to join us in revisiting the standout moments that made 2023 a year to remember. And to get the full scoop on our collective impact, sign up for our 2023 Impact Report. We’ll drop it in your inbox as soon as it’s ready.

New Faces

This year, our team welcomed fresh perspectives and exceptional talents that have enriched our collective journey. We’re stoked to celebrate the vibrant individuals who joined our ranks, bringing diverse skills, unique insights, and a shared dedication to our mission. 

Our growth extends beyond accomplishments—it’s a reflection of the ever-expanding tapestry of talent and expertise that defines our organization. Join us in welcoming the new voices, skills, and perspectives that have become integral threads in the fabric of our success.

Allie Coleman, Grants Manager

Kate Beebe, Associate Marketing Director

Kat Kelly, Marketing Coordinator

Sarah Severino, Maui Nui Program Manager

Joy Millheim, Virtual Assistant

Cailey Oros, Virtual Assistant

Meet our team >

Fresh Content

Keep reading for our standout articles of 2023 – the hidden treasures in our ocean of content that have defined our year.

Coral Bleaching: Toolkit & Comprehensive Guide

Thanks to our Global Conservation Science team, we have given everyone the opportunity to participate in the recovery of coral reefs during bleaching events. As climate change warms our oceans, we know corals can adapt, but only if we let them.

Read more about the guide here >

Guides and Protocols in the Western Caribbean

Our team in the Western Caribbean was busy in 2023! We all know access to clean water is essential for life, and coral reefs are no different. Securing clean water for reefs is a foundational effort here at CORAL, and our team created the Marine Water Quality Protocol for the Mesoamerican Reef System. 

Check out the protocol here >

Lobster and Conch Protocol

In addition to clean water, coral reefs thrive from their symbiotic relationships with the creatures around them. In the spirit of sustainable fishing practices, our team has also worked diligently on preserving lobsters and conchs, of which both are equally ecologically important for coral reef ecosystems.

Read about the upcoming lobster and conch protocol here >

Protecting Molokai’s Coral Reefs with the Restoration of Ancient Hawaiian Fish Ponds

In 2023 we officially kicked off our partnership with Ka Honua Momona (KHM) in Molokai. KHM staff have lineal ties to this beautiful place and have kuleana (responsibility) in caring for Alii and Kalokoeli fishponds, which are community treasures and sources of education, food, cultural renewal, and connection.

As a result of this project’s efforts to improve habitat for fish and wildlife, we anticipate a simultaneous enhancement of community resilience.

Click to read more about our newest partnership in Molokai >

Coral Reefs in a Changing Climate: Expanding to the Coral Triangle

Unfortunately, coral reefs are also highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, including rising sea temperatures, ocean acidification, and more frequent and intense storms. This has led to a decline in the health and resilience of many coral reefs, which in turn has negatively impacted the livelihoods of millions of people who depend on them for food, income, and cultural identity.

To address these challenges, a team of researchers from University of Leeds (UK), Coral Reef Alliance (USA), Rare (Philippines & Indonesia), Pattimura University (Indonesia), and many other partners are launching a project in the Philippines and Indonesia.

Read more about our expansion into the Coral Triangle >

Welcoming in 2024

A huge shoutout to everyone who joined us on our incredible journey throughout the past year. Your support, energy, and passion were the driving forces behind every success we celebrated.

As we navigate the new year, we’re buzzing with anticipation for the impact we’ll create together. With fresh challenges and opportunities to safeguard our marine ecosystems, your role in this journey is more vital than ever.

Keep an eye out for our 2023 Impact Report to see the amazing strides we made together. Let’s dive into 2024 with a renewed sense of purpose and dedication. Here’s to continuing our mission and making even bigger waves this year.

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