Quick StatsOfficial Name: Reef Relief
Year Founded: 1987
Chief Executive: Peter Anderson
Headquarters: Key West, FL, USA
Mission: Improving and protecting our coral reef ecosystem
DONATE NOW: http://reefrelief.org/act/donate/
Language Spoken: English
Founders: Craig and Deevon Quirolo
# Countries Active: USA
Official Website: http://reefrelief.org
Areas of Focus: Biodiversity, Coastal and Marine Ecosystems, Conservation, Ecology
Organisation Type: Non-profit corporation
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Reef Relief® is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to improving and protecting our coral reef ecosystem.
Reef Relief began in 1987 with the installation of reef mooring buoys in Key West. That first step became a system of 116 buoys at 7 reefs that we maintained for 10 years. Led by founder Craig Quirolo, Reef Relief has created coral nurseries to save storm-damaged corals in the Florida Keys and Bahamas. Craig led a 15 year Coral Photo Monitoring Survey of reef health that is currently being loaded onto an online archive at www.reefrelief.org. This survey has led to the discovery of several new coral diseases. Craig has worked with Reef Relief’s Scientific Advisory Board and numerous other researchers to identify the causes of decline at the reef. This past March he was coauthored on a scientific publication that studied the spread of aspergillosis, a common soil-based fungus that has adapted to the saltwater environment and is now attacking Purple Sea Fans.
We have supported the creation of marine protected areas such as the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, the Negril (Jamaica) Marine Park, and established the Key West Marine Park in cooperation with the City of Key West. We’ve helped install buoys and establish programs throughout the Caribbean, including mooring buoys, a coral survey and operation of the volunteer-staffed Captain Roland Roberts House Environmental Center in Green Turtle Cay in the Abaco, Bahamas.
Focus of Activities
Increase public awareness of the importance and value of living coral reef ecosystems
Increase scientific understanding and knowledge of living coral reef ecosystems
Strengthen grassroots community-based efforts to protect coral reef ecosystems
Design, develop, and help implement strategies for marine protected areas associated with coral reef ecosystems
Encourage and support eco-tourism as part of sustainable community development that protects and preserves coral reef ecosystems
Strengthen our organizational capacity to carry out our mission
Reef Relief’s goal is S.E.A. for C.P.R.
How to donate
Your secure charitable donation is 100% tax deductible. Your donation will be used to directly support Reef Relief programs such as the Discover Coral Reef School Program, Coral Camp for Kids, our Clean Water Campaign, and the Reef Relief Environmental Education Center. Donations from members like you allow us to continue to work for our coral reefs.
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