We help diverse local communities protect coral reefs and chart their own sustainable futures. Our science-based conservation strategies ensure healthy reefs continue to support thriving human and wildlife communities.

20

tons of sediment kept off
Maui’s coral reefs in 2020

130

tourism operators trained in México,
Belize, and Honduras in 2020

95%

reduction in bacteria in coastal waters along West End in Roatán, Honduras

Educate. Engage. Ensure.

Our local work on the ground—and in the water—focuses on:

Educating local communities

Local tourism and fishing businesses, concerned residents, and local governments all care about the health of their reefs. We share the results of our rigorous scientific monitoring and research with local communities so they can make informed decisions, and we support them in protecting their local resources.

Engaging with partners

We build alliances that lead to evidence-based policies and effective, scalable reef management. Multi-stakeholder partnerships with governments, agencies, research institutions, corporations, NGOs, and community members are key to ensuring that communities and reefs mutually thrive.

Ensuring reefs have what they need to survive

Reefs need time to adapt to climate change, and reducing major stressors gives them the critical time they need. Clean water, healthy fisheries, and well-managed marine protected areas ensure that local reefs can rebound and continue to thrive.

Investing in local communities

Ana Bessy Valdez Martinez is one of three community scientists that we employ in Honduras to gain a better understanding of what is happening to local fisheries. Through the relationships she’s built, she’s created a network of local fishers who participate in science and support rules and regulations.

Local Stories

Advancing Maui’s Watershed Restoration Project 

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 →

From Thriving Fish to Spicy Salsa—Here’s How an Aquaponics System Could Support Coastal Communities 

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 →

Tela Bay’s 2021 Closed Fishing Season Shows Success

Tela Bay, Honduras—Recent monitoring data collected from Los Micos Lagoon demonstrated a 483 percent increase in fish biomass after a closed fishing season in 2021, signifying both higher quantities and larger sizes of fish. Likewise, it showed an increase in diversity of species and trophic levels.  Los Micos Lagoon often suffers from overfishing, impacting populations… Continue Reading →

CORAL Joins Maui Nui Makai Network

The Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL) is honored to join the Maui Nui Makai Network—a network of community groups from across Maui Nui that protect and care for marine and coastal ecosystems. The network was established in 2013 when community organizations decided they would be stronger working together than separately. Network members meet regularly to learn… Continue Reading →

We work on three priority initiatives to save reefs locally:

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