Tom Moore (NOAA Restoration Center) questioned a panel of coral reef restoration experts, Nathan Cook (Reef Ecologic) and Derek Hagan (Coral Restoration FoundationTM) led fifty local students in a Youth Leaders Workshop, and Matthew Mulrennan announced “Saving Coral Reefs” as the next XPRIZE. Every effort was made to cut down single use items- these stainless steel tumblers and straws saved nearly 30,000 pieces of disposable plastic throughout the week!


Photo credit: Coral Restoration Consortium & Reef Futures


The first global conference addressing coral reef restoration and intervention science, Reef Futures 2018, took place last week in Key Largo, Florida, featuring over 550 leading scientists and experts from nearly 40 countries.

Check out the retrospective press release.


Happy New Year for Coral Restoration!  


What an eventful December we had with Reef Futures 2018! The event left its attendees full of ideas and hope for the future of our global coral reef ecosystem. The closing remarks included a call to action to ask what each participant could commit to do for coral reef restoration moving forward. Participants of the Mote Marine Lab Coral Restoration Workshop created a joint call to action: Nature Seychelles, Mote Marine Lab (Reef Ecologic video), Reef Ecologic, and The Nature Conservancy Caribbean are leading the charge. What will YOU do?  We will be following up with our conference participants and Youth Leaders within the next year to see how progress is coming along and sharing results at ICRS 2020.



Congrats to The Everglades Foundation for receiving the Carbon Offset Award! Each conference attendee registration came with a $15 donation to offset their carbon for travel. The Everglades Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to leading efforts to protect the greater Everglades ecosystem by implementing science-based solutions to restore and balance the native flora and fauna that contribute to improved water quality and carbon sequestration.

Congrats to the Learning Exchange Awards Winners:

  • Igo Gari (Bond University, Australia) will “Empower rural Pacific Islanders to build Coral Ambassador Villages” by traveling to Sulawesi, Indonesia, to learn how Mars, Incorporated engages with rural island communities to build spider frames for their reef restoration.

  • Tatiana Villalobos (Raising Coral Costa Rica) will  to “Find strength in the outcast: Creating an Eastern Tropical Pacific Restoration Network” by hosting representatives from Corales de Paz, Ecomares (Colombia); UABCS & UNAM (México) to help coordinate restoration efforts.

  • Nichole Danser (ScubbleBubbles) will “Get young people from Aruba invested and inspired to learn new spawning and rearing methods so they can then teach their peers and impact the future!” by traveling to CARMABI on her sister island of Curaçao and start a coral lab back home.

Congrats on receiving a Peer J Publication Award to Benjamin Young (University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science) for giving the Best Oral Presentation, “Signatures of disease resistance for the threatened Caribbean branching coral, Acropora palmata” during the “Genetic Influence on Restoration Performance” session. Ben will receive funding to publish his next paper!

Upcoming CRC Working Group Calls - All are welcome to join the stakeholder group and calls. If you want to get more involved and join the core group - please contact


Field Based Propagation Working Group - Thursday, January 10 at 2pm (EDT)

Restoration Monitoring Working Group - Thursday, January 24 at 2pm (EDT)


  • The CRC Field-based Propagation and Monitoring Working Groups are developing Best Management Guidelines, Global Databases for nurseries and outplant sites, and an Evaluation Tool to determine restoration success. Please help them!

    • If you would like to view the current draft of the Best Management Guidelines or if you have comments and suggestions, please contact Liz Goergen (
    • We have a Caribbean Global Database prototype for nurseries and outplanting, but we need assistance to fill in data gaps. Excel spreadsheets for nursery information and outplant information are available to populate and you can send your completed spreadsheet to to be added to the database.
    • If you are interested in viewing the Evaluation Tool or have suggestions for restoration metrics, please contact Stephanie Schopmeyer (
  • The Nature Conservancy announces the #RespectOurReef Campaign, a partnership with NOAA and FRRP designed to generate awareness of ways that divers, anglers and others who care about the reef can help protect it. Take the pledge!


  • The CRC is looking for help! Our network is expanding rapidly, and the time has come to ask for volunteers to assist the CRC Working Group Chairs with calls, notes, and coordination. This is a great opportunity to learn about restoration work being done and network with the restoration community. Check out the CRC website for information on Working Group projects and email if you are interested. BIG THANKS to our current volunteers for all you do!!!
  • Grupo Puntacana Foundation is a not-for-profit foundation established to protect and preserve the natural resources of the region while contributing to the sustainable development of the Dominican Republic. This research opportunity is open for Post-docs or sabbaticals. For more information or to submit a proposal, contact with the following title on the subject line: “Biodiversidad y Negocio Sabbatical” by February 10, 2019.


  • Request For Proposals (RFP) for the Protect Our Reefs (POR), Grant Program. 2019 funding will represent ~12 months of POR License Plate revenue for start-up grants of ~ $10,000 - $15,000, a few grants of ~ $25,000 -$30,000, and up to two Young-Investigator awards (up to $10,000 each). Matching funds are strongly encouraged. Proposals Due: March 1, 2019.

  • The NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program announces the Domestic (United States) Coral Reef Conservation Grants competition for Fiscal Year 2019 available to institutions of higher education, non-profit organizations, for-profit organizations, and local and Indian tribal government agencies to support coral reef conservation projects in the United States. Applicants should submit via by January 29, 2019 or contact for more information.





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This undersea robot just delivered 100,000 baby corals to the Great Barrier Reef. The project's leader hopes to eventually develop a fleet of the submersibles to save reefs around the world. Photo: Gary Cranitch / Queensland Museum / Great Barrier Reef Foundation. VIDEO URL.
Nature Seychelles creates toolkit for coral restoration ahead of global meeting in Florida  
(#ReefFutures2018). The toolkit is based on a ground-breaking large-scale reef restoration project in the 115-island archipelago in the western Indian Ocean. Photo: Seychelles News Agency

South Florida: An emerging laboratory for saving the world’s coral reefs? A diver prunes staghorn coral from a University of Miami (UM) nursery to rebuild South Florida’s ailing reef tract. Photo: Dalton Hesley, UM (RSMAS).

Could our reefs be saved after all? Weed-like cauliflower coral has evolved unique immunity genes that means it could survive global warming. Photo: Kevin Rodriguez



Reef Futures 2018 News & Press




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