Education and raising awareness are naturally the first and most important steps towards protecting our marine environment. In fact, it is mostly our activities on land, not in the sea, which are harming coral reefs all around the globe most, but changing people’s behavior and the customs of whole societies takes a long time. So in the mean time we also dedicate much of our time on coral reef research and restoration projects and programs aimed at directly protecting and benefiting the reefs around our island.
Every day of the week we are working on land or diving with our students, Interns, and friends to address issues in the health, biodiversity, and abundance of our coral reefs. Our goal is to protect or restore the resilience of our ecosystems, while also providing detailed and accurate monitoring and research of any changes. Since starting in 2007 we have conducted over 350 reef surveys, rehabilitated thousands of corals on our nurseries, placed down hundreds of artificial reef structures, released nearly 50 sea turtles from our rehabilitation and head-starting program, and so much more.