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The Coral Reef Alliance Strives to Protect Our Coral Reefs

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The Coral Reef Alliance is an organization made up of people who love the ocean and its corals. That love is what led to their mission. A group of scuba divers banded together to keep our coral reefs in good shape. However, they realized they couldn’t do it alone, and started partnering with other groups that also care about the oceans and their ecosystems. These partnerships are what led to the establishment of the Coral Reef Alliance. For about 30 years, they’ve been using the best research practices to protect coral reefs and remove any threats to their existence.   

 

The Coral Reef Alliance’s goal is to protect the ocean’s coral reefs. Part of how they do this is through research. The Coral Reef Alliance started a program to figure out how changes in the ocean and climate impact the health of coral reefs. The analysis done by the organization shows that corals are able to modify how they live because of climate change. With the help of communities, NGOs, governments, and those who care, the Coral Reef Alliance can use their findings to make a difference for coral reefs. It’s because of the support of other organizations and people that the Coral Reef Alliance is able to conduct this important fact-finding.  

 

Part of what the Coral Reef Alliance does is working locally. They provide assistance to communities, to help them protect their local coral reefs and oceans. Based on research, plans are put in place to conserve corals and ensure they thrive. The Coral Reef Alliance also instructs local communities in how they can protect the corals by sharing their studies. This allows people to make better choices that won’t harm these diverse ecosystems. Here are some statistics of the Coral Reef Alliance’s involvement in local communities:

  • In 2020, 20 tons of sediment was kept away from Maui’s coral reefs.

  • There was a 95 percent depletion of bacteria in coastal waters along the West End in Roatán, Honduras. 

  • The Coral Reef Alliance taught 130 tourism agencies in México, Belize, and Honduras about their coral reefs. 

 

When one coral reef is protected, it can actually protect other reefs as well. Coral larvae can be transported from reef to reef. This means districts need to work together to keep their respective coral reefs safe. The Coral Reef Alliance is constantly creating partnerships to protect coral reef networks. They create diverse groups of people that are united in their goal to protect coral reefs. The Coral Reef Alliance also advocates for regional plans to safeguard coral reefs beyond a region’s local ocean(s).    

 

There are five oceans in the world: the Arctic, Southern, Indian, Atlantic and Pacific oceans. It’s the job of the Coral Reef Alliance to protect all of these oceans. They work with other NGOs and researchers across the world to convert their research into action that will help reefs. These alliances also work to stop and prevent global threats to reefs, such as coral bleaching. 

 

One location where the Coral Reef Alliance works is the Hawaiian Islands. Hawaii's reefs face various threats like climate change and overfishing. Starting in 2006, the Coral Reef Alliance has enacted a program to protect these reefs. Their efforts include stopping water pollution. 

 

To donate to the Coral Reef Alliance, click here: https://coral.org/en/donate/.  

 

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