What we do

Coral Reef Care is a Dutch foundation dedicated to the conservation and protection of marine ecosystems, with a special focus on coral reefs.

Coral Reef Care, or CRC, initiates and organizes reef conservation projects and raises public awareness about the importance of coral reefs and the threats they face. Our main conservation efforts are centered on the creation of additional marine protected areas.

While around 16% of the world’s land area is protected, less than 3% of the world’s oceans is seriously protected, even though water covers 70% of the Earth. Actively protecting a large marine area under the right circumstances enhances the ecosystem’s chances of recovery. Protected marine ecosystems provide refuge, breeding grounds, and food, which positively affect surrounding areas. This phenomenon, known as the spill-over effect, occurs when mature marine life migrates out of the protected area, benefitting adjacent ecosystems.

The world’s fish stocks are struggling to meet the current demand, due to population growth and unsustainable fishing practices. Most industrial fishing techniques also harm marine habitats and bycatch is common. If fishing isn’t essential to your livelihood, eating less fish or refraining from eating fish can help reduce pressure on marine ecosystems. However, many low-income coastal communities depend on fisheries for their food and income.

We aim to enhance the livelihood of local communities that rely on coral reefs. We believe that effective conservation projects are only possible when they involve and benefit the local community. By partnering with these communities and local non profit organizations, we create jobs in the conservation sector. These partnerships enable a range of activities such as restoring damaged reefs, reducing plastic waste, creating protected areas and protecting specific marine species. Healthier reefs lead to increased fish stocks and can boost tourism, providing alternative income sources for fishers.

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Partners & Sponsors


  • Mangrove conservation

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    We are proud to announce our 2nd mangrove restoration project in Indonesia. This is our first project on mainland Lombok, in Cemare. The area is heavily polluted with garbage from ...

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  • Elasmobranch protection

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    Education is key in conservation. With our partner Bahari Hai we set up an awareness program in Kenya to protect Elasmobrancch (sharks, rays and skates). Children, fishermen, gover...

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  • instruction videos

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    You can now watch our 7 Coral Reef Restoration instruction videos via our website. The videos explain all aspects of our restoration process, from finding suitable restoration area...

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Coral reefs are under threat and vanishing rapidly worldwide. Check our page Threats

The loss of coral reefs signifies the collapse of a critical marine ecosystem, home to over 25% of all marine species. As one of the most vital ecosystems on the planet, coral reefs support countless marine organisms and play a crucial role in maintaining oceanic biodiversity

But coral reefs have more functions.
Check our page Why are corals important?



Our mission is to conserve and protect marine ecosystems. We achieve this by initiating impactful local conservation projects and raising public awareness

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Through press coverage, social media, our website and our newsletters


Through social media and our website


Presentations on schools, to fishermen and local communities


Our community-based conservation projects around the world inherently raise awareness and engage local communities

how you can help

Please help us to spread the
message, share our posts on social media
and check our Academy





We initiate and sponsor community-based conservation projects. We train our local partners in coral reef conservation and remain actively involved as advisors and sponsors


We share our knowledge with colleagues working on similar projects, and we promote applied research.


We give the projects coverage in media and get the story out there

how you can HELP

Please check our
page Donate to see how you
can support our projects

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Our long-term vision is the conservation and protection of the world’s marine ecosystems. This is not only crucial for their survival but also essential for humanity. Without intervention coral reefs cannot endure. Coral Reef Care is committed to providing lasting support, with no quick fixes.
We are here for the long haul!