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  • Breaking the Taboo Around Pee and Poo to Help Save Coral Reefs July 6, 2021 - Most of us are all too happy to flush the toilet and send our waste down the drain, where it flows far, far away and we never have to think about it again. But this wastewater actually deserves more of our attention. All around the world, sewage is polluting the oceans and causing harm to […]
  • Meet Our New Board Members June 23, 2021 - We’re pleased to welcome two new members to the Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL) Board of Directors: Lauretta Burke and María José González.  We sat down with both of these inspiring conservationists to find out more about their goals for CORAL.  Q: Why do you feel so passionately about protecting coral reefs and what keeps you […]
  • New Research Turns Basic Ecological Theory on its Head May 21, 2021 - In a lot of ways, corals are like trees—they stay rooted in one spot their whole lives, and they disperse their young into the environment. With many trees, their young typically fall to the ground and stay relatively close. But with corals, their young are moved by ocean currents that can carry them thousands of […]
  • CORAL Crea los Primeros Catálogos de Peces de la Historia en Honduras May 20, 2021 - Read this story in English Cuando los investigadores de Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL) comenzaron a trabajar con pesquerías en la costa norte de Honduras, se encontraron con una dinámica demasiado común: los pescadores locales tenían un gran conocimiento de las diversas especies de peces de la región, pero esa información no estaba documentada en ninguna […]
  • CORAL Creates First-Ever Fish Catalogs in Honduras May 20, 2021 - Lea esto en español When Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL) researchers first began working with fisheries on the North Coast of Honduras, they encountered an all-too-common dynamic: Local fishers held a wealth of knowledge of the various fish species of the region, but that information wasn’t documented anywhere. The local knowledge is passed down from generation […]
  • Uniting A Global Coral Bleaching Response Network May 19, 2021 - Coral bleaching events make headlines every year. And each year, bleaching events have become more frequent and severe. Take Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, for example: In the last five years, the reef has been hit by three record-breaking coral bleaching events—one in 2016, one in 2017 and another in 2020.   But the Allen Coral Atlas […]
  • Cordelia Banks, a site that offers hope to the Mesoamerican Reef April 21, 2021 - This article is translated from the original article written in Spanish by MAR Fund.  Written By Lucy Calderón, Communications Intern at MAR Fund, and Translated by Centro Oxford Lea esto en español Popularly known as staghorn corals, due to the similarity of their structure with that of the antler of the mammal in question, the […]
  • Dive In With Manuel Mejia April 21, 2021 - Born in the Philippines and long-time resident of Hawai‘i, Manuel Mejia, our Hawai‘i Regional Program Director, harvests a deep passion for coral reefs and our need to protect them. We recently had the opportunity to sit down with him and dive in to this passion a little more. Q: Where does your passion for the […]
  • ¿Podría el agua más limpia significar el fin de las enfermedades del coral? April 20, 2021 - Read this story in English Cuando las aguas residuales mal tratadas entran en el medio marino, pueden tener efectos devastadores en un arrecife de coral. No sólo introducen bacterias que pueden suponer una amenaza para la salud humana, sino que también aportan nutrientes que alimentan el crecimiento de las algas, un competidor feroz en el […]
  • Could Cleaner Water Mean Farewell for Coral Disease? April 19, 2021 - Lea esto en español When improperly treated sewage enters the marine environment, it can have devastating effects on a coral reef. Not only does it bring bacteria that can pose a threat to human health, but it also brings nutrients that fuel the growth of algae—a fierce competitor in the coral reef ecosystem. Algae compete […]
  • New Partnership Between CORAL and Hawaiian Electric Industries April 15, 2021 - We’re thrilled to be one of four nonprofits included in Hawaiian Electric Industries’s (HEI) ongoing commitment to protecting and preserving Hawai‘i’s natural environment. This new partnership will allow us to address our highest priority needs in our Hawai‘i program over the next year. This includes working with community volunteers to restore Maui’s steep slopes to […]
  • ¿Quieres Proteger las Pesquerías? Involucra a la Comunidad. April 9, 2021 - Read this story in English Durante una entrevista reciente, la Dra. Antonella Rivera, Investigadora Principal de CORAL en Honduras, resumió perfectamente nuestro enfoque de la conservación: “Si realmente queremos marcar la diferencia con la ciencia, tenemos que involucrar a las personas más afectadas” Las personas y las comunidades siempre están a la vanguardia de nuestro […]
  • Want to Protect Fisheries? Involve the Community. April 9, 2021 - Lea esto en español During a recent interview, Dr. Antonella Rivera, CORAL’s Principal Investigator in Honduras, perfectly summed up our approach to conservation: “If we really want to make a difference with science, we have to involve the people who are most affected.” People and communities are always at the forefront of our work to […]
  • Making the Case for a Biological Corridor April 6, 2021 - In 2018, a law passed that opened up parts of the Honduran North Coast to commercial fishing—prior, only artisanal fishers were able to fish within certain areas. While some of the coastline lies within marine protected areas (MPAs), we suspected that fish populations along the coastline were all connected. If the MPAs weren’t somehow connected, […]
  • Could satellite-based technology save coral reefs? March 24, 2021 - Atlases and maps are helpful for planning trips and exploring geography, but researchers believe they may also serve another, more important purpose: Identifying priority coral reef conservation areas. With a new three-year $300,000 grant from Lyda Hill Philanthropies, the Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL) and partners can begin to test their hypothesis that satellite-based imagery and […]
  • Acuicultura: Una Alternativa a la Sobrepesca en Honduras March 22, 2021 - Read this in English ¿Podrían la acuaponía y la acuicultura ser una alternativa sostenible a la sobrepesca? Según Julio San Martín Chicas, nuestro Coordinador Principal del Programa en la Bahía de Tela (Honduras), la respuesta es afirmativa: si se pueden criar peces específicos de forma adecuada y competitiva mediante la acuicultura a pequeña escala, podremos […]
  • Aquaculture: An Alternative to Overfishing in Honduras March 22, 2021 - Lea esto en español Could aquaponics and aquaculture be a sustainable alternative to overfishing? According to Julio San Martin Chicas, our Principal Program Coordinator in Tela Bay, Honduras, the answer is yes: If specific fish can be adequately and competitively farmed using small-scale aquaculture, then we can alleviate fishing pressure on the reef. Aquaculture refers […]
  • This Global Recycling Day, Consider the Coral Reefs March 17, 2021 - Each year, Global Recycling Day (on March 18) spurs consumers to consider their recycling best practices and move toward change. It’s a great cause and an important step—but this year, let’s take it a step further and consider moving away from single-use plastic altogether. The world’s coral reefs are home to some of the most […]
  • Hawai’i County Allocates $1.8 Million to Clean Water and Coral Reefs March 4, 2021 - The Hawai‘i County Council on March 3 voted to approve the allocation of $1.8 million to address ocean sewage pollution in Puakō, Hawai‘i. The Puakō coastline is one of 14 priority sites that have been identified in Hawai‘i as areas to be transitioned off of cesspools. Across the state, an estimated 88,000 cesspools release 53 […]
  • Over 20 Tons of Sediment Prevented From Smothering Maui’s Coral Reefs February 19, 2021 - Over 20 tons of sediment has been captured in the mountains above Lahaina, the result of a collaborative restoration project led by the Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL). West Maui is laden with historic sugarcane and pineapple plantations that are now out-of-use. During heavy rain events, the potentially contaminated soil from these degraded landscapes travels down […]
  • Roatán Marine Park: A Year of Strength February 19, 2021 - Over the last 15 years, we’ve stood alongside the Roatán Marine Park (RMP) as they’ve grown into the model marine management organization that they are today. They set the standard for how a marine protected area should be managed, and we’ve been honored to partner with them to build capacity and ensure they have the […]
  • Talking Story About Maui’s Coral Reefs February 3, 2021 - Last month, we were honored to be selected by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) as a recipient of the Coral Reef Conservation Fund grant, our second in as many years.  The grant supports our restoration projects in West Maui, Hawai‘i where we’re planting native plants along stream banks and degraded agricultural lands to […]
  • There’s Nothing Romantic About Sewage January 13, 2021 - There’s a certain romanticized notion of what it must be like to be a coral reef scientist: living in a tropical environment with beautiful white sand beaches, snorkeling and diving every day, surrounded by colorful wildlife and pristine turquoise waters. Sounds dreamy, doesn’t it? And for Dr. Antonella Rivera, Principal Investigator for the Coral Reef […]
  • CORAL Partners with Allen Coral Atlas January 13, 2021 - We’re incredibly excited to announce that we just received a new $850,000, three-year grant from the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation to support facilitating a global network to monitor coral bleaching and water quality threat alerts from the Allen Coral Atlas. A new partner of ours, the Atlas is a collaboration of scientists and researchers […]
  • A Nurse’s Plan to Save Coral Reefs by Making Masks December 23, 2020 - A radiation oncology nurse practitioner by day and an expert seamstress by night, Laura Waters has been working tirelessly since the start of COVID-19. As the pandemic spread earlier this year, Waters noticed the lack of masks that were available to the public and frontline workers. She worried about her friends, family, and coworkers not […]