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CORAL’s 25th Anniversary

“For the last 25 years, CORAL has been delivering high-quality conservation programs that have made a difference in the world. We’re now prepared to take the next step in our progression as an organization: leveraging our knowledge and reputation as a highly-trusted partner to rally the conservation community to save coral reefs at a global scale.” – Dr. Michael Webster

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Our History

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  • 1994

    CORAL Founded by Stephen Colwell & Anne Schulman

    CORAL Founded by Stephen Colwell & Anne Schulman

    September 19, 1994
    CORAL Founded by Stephen Colwell & Anne Schulman
  • 1995

    Partnered with the Palau Conservation Society to Support Protection of Rock Island Marine Park

    Partnered with the Palau Conservation Society to Support Protection of Rock Island Marine Park

    August 29, 1995
    Partnered with the Palau Conservation Society to Support Protection of Rock Island Marine Park
  • 1996

    Began Membership Program

    Began Membership Program

    August 29, 1996
    Began Membership Program
  • 1997

    CORAL Launches Bonaire Dive Festival

    CORAL Launches Bonaire Dive Festival

    July 24, 1997
    CORAL Launches Bonaire Dive Festival
  • 1998

    CORAL Awarded Scuba Diving Magazine Award for Diver Involvement in Conservation

    CORAL Awarded Scuba Diving Magazine Award for Diver Involvement in Conservation

    August 28, 1998
    CORAL Awarded Scuba Diving Magazine Award for Diver Involvement in Conservation
  • 1999

    Became a Founding Member of the International Coral Reef Network (ICRAN)

    Became a Founding Member of the International Coral Reef Network (ICRAN)

    August 28, 1999
    Became a Founding Member of the International Coral Reef Network (ICRAN)
  • 2000

    CORAL Begins Dive in to Earth Day

    CORAL Begins Dive in to Earth Day

    July 24, 2000
    CORAL Begins Dive in to Earth Day
  • 2001

    Launched the Dive Operator Recognition Program to Reward Environmentally Sustainable Business Practices

    Launched the Dive Operator Recognition Program to Reward Environmentally Sustainable Business Practices

    August 28, 2001
    Launched the Dive Operator Recognition Program to Reward Environmentally Sustainable Business Practices
  • 2002

    Conducted the first-ever survey of marine park managers of coral reef protected areas

    Conducted the first-ever survey of marine park managers of coral reef protected areas

    August 28, 2002
    Conducted the first-ever survey of marine park managers of coral reef protected areas
  • 2003

    Awarded a $600k Grant by USAID to foster sustainable tourism along the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef

    Awarded a $600k Grant by USAID to foster sustainable tourism along the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef

    August 28, 2003
    Awarded a $600k Grant by USAID to foster sustainable tourism along the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef
  • 2004

    CORAL creates a new dive tag program for the Namena Marine Reserve

    CORAL creates a new dive tag program for the Namena Marine Reserve

    August 28, 2004
    CORAL creates a new dive tag program for the Namena Marine Reserve
  • 2005

    Completed the Design of the Coral Reef Sustainable Destination (CRSD)Model

    Completed the Design of the Coral Reef Sustainable Destination (CRSD)Model

    August 28, 2005
    Completed the Design of the Coral Reef Sustainable Destination (CRSD)Model
  • 2006

    Published Voluntary Standards for Marine Recreation to Enhance Protection of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef

    Published Voluntary Standards for Marine Recreation to Enhance Protection of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef

    August 28, 2006
    Published Voluntary Standards for Marine Recreation to Enhance Protection of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef
  • 2007

    Implemented the Coral Reef Sustainable Destination (CRSD) Model in 7 Communities Around the World

    Implemented the Coral Reef Sustainable Destination (CRSD) Model in 7 Communities Around the World

    August 28, 2007
    Implemented the Coral Reef Sustainable Destination (CRSD) Model in 7 Communities Around the World
  • 2008

    Sponsored Educational Events Around the World in Honor of the 2008 International Year of the Reef (IYOR)

    Sponsored Educational Events Around the World in Honor of the 2008 International Year of the Reef (IYOR)

    August 28, 2008
    Sponsored Educational Events Around the World in Honor of the 2008 International Year of the Reef (IYOR)
  • 2009

    CORAL Helps Establish the Kahekili Herbivore Fisheries Management Area in West Maui

    CORAL Helps Establish the Kahekili Herbivore Fisheries Management Area in West Maui

    August 28, 2009
    CORAL Helps Establish the Kahekili Herbivore Fisheries Management Area in West Maui
  • 2010

    Expanded our Marine Conservation Network to Amed, North Bali

    Expanded our Marine Conservation Network to Amed, North Bali

    August 28, 2010
    Expanded our Marine Conservation Network to Amed, North Bali
  • 2011

    Collaborated with the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and the San Pedro Tour Guide Association to Host the First Lionfish Tournament in San Pedro, Belize

    Collaborated with the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and the San Pedro Tour Guide Association to Host the First Lionfish Tournament in San Pedro, Belize

    August 28, 2011
    Collaborated with the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and the San Pedro Tour Guide Association to Host the First Lionfish Tournament in San Pedro, Belize
  • 2012

    CORAL and Partners Encourage Honduran Government to Declare Cordelia Banks a Site of Wildlife Importance

    CORAL and Partners Encourage Honduran Government to Declare Cordelia Banks a Site of Wildlife Importance

    August 28, 2012
    CORAL and Partners Encourage Honduran Government to Declare Cordelia Banks a Site of Wildlife Importance
  • 2013

    Launched Organizational Rebrand with New Butterflyfish Logo

    Launched Organizational Rebrand with New Butterflyfish Logo

    August 28, 2013
    Launched Organizational Rebrand with New Butterflyfish Logo
  • 2014

    Awarded the First CORAL Conservation Prize to Nyoman Sugiarate, a Balinese Fisherman

    Awarded the First CORAL Conservation Prize to Nyoman Sugiarate, a Balinese Fisherman

    August 28, 2014
    Awarded the First CORAL Conservation Prize to Nyoman Sugiarate, a Balinese Fisherman
  • 2015

    Launched the Modeling Adaptation Potential (MAP) Project for Adaptive Reefscapes

    Launched the Modeling Adaptation Potential (MAP) Project for Adaptive Reefscapes

    August 28, 2015
    Launched the Modeling Adaptation Potential (MAP) Project for Adaptive Reefscapes
  • 2016

    CORAL Motivates 17 Shoreline Property Owners in Maui to Implement “Reef-Friendly” Landscaping

    CORAL Motivates 17 Shoreline Property Owners in Maui to Implement “Reef-Friendly” Landscaping

    August 28, 2016
    CORAL Motivates 17 Shoreline Property Owners in Maui to Implement “Reef-Friendly” Landscaping
  • 2017

    “Who Should Pick the Winners of Climate Change” is Published in Trends in Ecology & Evolution

    “Who Should Pick the Winners of Climate Change” is Published in Trends in Ecology & Evolution

    August 28, 2017
    “Who Should Pick the Winners of Climate Change” is Published in Trends in Ecology & Evolution
  • 2018

    Developed a New Strategic Plan for Saving Coral Reefs Around the Globe

    Developed a New Strategic Plan for Saving Coral Reefs Around the Globe

    August 28, 2018
    Developed a New Strategic Plan for Saving Coral Reefs Around the Globe
  • 2019

    Celebrated the 25th Anniversary of our Founding

    Celebrated the 25th Anniversary of our Founding

    August 28, 2019
    Celebrated the 25th Anniversary of our Founding