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Project Description

Reef Conservation

The Coral Reef Alliance

Established in 1994

Mission Statement: Working with people around the world—from fishermen to government leaders, divers to scientists, Californians to Fijians—the Coral Reef Alliance protects our most valuable and threatened ecosystem. They lead holistic conservation programs that improve coral reef health and resilience and are replicated across the globe.

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Impacts & Achievements:

Some of the highlights

CEO Salary: 5.14% of expenses

  • Collaborated with partners to connect 51 homes and businesses to a wastewater treatment facility and treated 19 million gallons of wastewater in West End Roatán, Honduras

  • Expanded to three new sites in Fiji: Oneata, Lau Province; Waivunia, Cakaudrove Province; and Ra Province

  • Developed a detailed coral reef management plan that identifies local issues and management needs in North Bali

  • Developed a science-based monitoring plan that can be implemented by citizen scientists and which measures the benefits of reducing wastewater pollution in Hawai’i Island’s nearshore environment

  • Awarded John B Rulmal, Jr the 2016 CORAL Conservation Prize, a Micronesian uniting local communities to create sustainable management plans for their coral reefs

  • Motivated shoreline property owners in Maui to invest $19M in low impact design projects, which filter several millions of gallons of stormwater each year

Featured Programs:

How the Coral Reef Alliance is making a difference

Healthy Fisheries for Reefs

Overfishing is a dominant threat in reef conservation. This program works to conduct biological and socio-economic studies to monitor fisheries, establish Marine Protected Areas, collaborate with local government to create sustainable fisheries, educate people to create increased coral reef awareness and stewardship, conduct law enforcement, and more.

Clean Water for Reefs

Clean water is crucial to the health of communities and coral reefs. This program uses a number of conservation systems to address this issue, including scientifically monitoring water quality, updating ineffective wastewater treatment infrastructure, building awareness among community members, tourists, and government, restoring streams and watersheds, and motivating shoreline property owners to employ reef-friendly practices.

Intact Reef Ecosystems

Coral Reefs– like trees– take years to generate and only moments to destroy. This is why conservation is vital. To address this issue, the Coral Reef Alliance has a program that does the following: Conduct research on restoration techniques, installs mooring buoys that eliminate the need for boat anchors, establishes management plans for protected areas, establishes management plans for protected areas, and more.

Science of Adaptation

Climate change is one of the most challenge issues to tackle due to the global scale and rapid pace. The Coral Reef Alliance is addressing climate change by improving scientific understanding of how organisms adapt to rapid change, using this knowledge to create conservation strategies, and building a powerful mathematical model to simulate future scenarios.

Adaptive Reefscapes

This program has the mission of educating the public about the importance of coral reefs. This includes how reefs are critical for biodiversity, coastal protection, economic/tourism benefits, and cultural and spiritual value.

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