Coral Reefs

Coral reefs are spectacular, diverse, ecosystems that are home to thousands of different species. Coral reefs have been termed ‘the rainforests of the sea’ because they support a vast abundance and diversity of different plants and animals, more species than any other marine ecosystem, with more still being discovered.

Coral reefs are threatened by fishing, climate change, and development, and are having trouble all around the world. With sufficient effort and political will, most of the direct impacts to coral reefs can be alleviated.  

Marine Conservation Institute works to protect corals and coral ecosystems so that they will be around for generations to come. We have worked to establish large marine protected areas that will protect tropical coral reefs including Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, Pacific Remote Islands National Monument in the Central Pacific, and Rose Atoll National Monument.