Coral Reef Care (CRC) is a Dutch foundation that’s mission is the conservation and protection of marine ecosystems, in particular coral reefs.
Our work consists of creating public awareness and organize local marine conservation projects. This results in a wide variety of activities like creating artificial reefs, removing lost fishing nets on coral reefs, campaigns to reduce plastic waste, installing mooring buoys, creating No Take Zones, protection of specific marine species, etc.
With our projects we simultaneously strive to improve the livelihood of the local people that depend on coral reefs (e.g. tourism, fishing). By working together with local NGOs we also generate jobs in the conservation business. We believe that without benefitting and involving the local community, effective projects are not feasible.
One of Coral Reef Care’s long term missions is to set up more MPAs (Marine Protected Areas). Around 12% of the world’s land area is protected. By contrast, less than 1% of the world’s oceans is protected although 70% of the world is covered with water.
By actively protecting a large area under the right circumstances, an ecosystem can recover. This will also have positive effects on the surrounding areas where marine life can profit from the nearby shelter, breeding grounds and food sources. The search for investors, collaboration with other NGOs and government, lobbies, and the search for adequate areas for MPAs are a few of the tasks we have set for ourselves.