We recognize that the current complex problems facing
our coral reef ecosystem need to be addressed at a "grassroots"
or community level. We recognize that community empowerment through
education is integral to changing those behaviors which are impacting
coral reefs. However, we also recognize that achieving the benefits
of strictly educational programs takes time, time our coral reefs
no longer have. CORALations therefore combines the implementation
of aggressive conservation initiatives with public education and community
participation. These initiatives focus on "real time" solutions
to coral reef conservation and address the modification of two human
behaviors impacting Caribbean coral reefs: pollution of coastal waters,
and direct physical damage.
is committed to directing persons with specific coral reef
conservation concerns toward taking effective action. We assist those
interested in obtaining information, educational materials, and/or
workshops for their communities on a wide range of topics including:
point and non-point source coastal water pollution, local and federal
environmental legislation, mooring buoy installation and maintenance,
unexploded ordnance removal and associated environmental contamination,
and volunteer coastal water quality monitoring. If we cannot help
directly, we will provide knowledgeable contacts and/or programs within
agencies, universities and/or other non-governmental organizations.
works to conserve healthy coral reef ecosystem through the establishment
of "no-take" marine fishery reserve areas. We provide assistance
to local scientists collecting data to support marine reserve areas.
We press for and support legislation to protect coral reef and marine
fisheries and review and comment on the sustainability of environmentally
questionable construction projects. We are committed to improving
the quality of our coastal waters through zero-discharge advanced
wastewater treatment technologies. CORALations is a member of The
Clean Water Network (CWN), an alliance of more than 1000 organizations
that works toward the implementation of strong clean water legislative
safeguards to protect human health and the environment.
CORALations offers habitat enhancement projects and
is involved in reef restoration and research. CORALations leases
Reef Ball artificial reef systems for the islands of Puerto
Rico. These artificial reef modules provide habitat for fish and settlement
areas for corals. Reef Balls are made from environmentally friendly
concrete designed to mimic natural reef in appearance. Reef Balls
artificial reef modules are comparatively inexpensive to deploy and
have proven stable during tropical storms and hurricanes.
CORALations donates Reef Ball; molds for university research
projects and limits itself to leasing artificial reef systems for
mitigation projects resulting only from previous damage
to reefs. The organization works to obtain sponsors and publicity
for highly visible community reef restoration activities. For more
information on Reef Ball artificial reef systems, visit
CORALations educates the public about the importance
of the coral reef ecosystem and threats to this ecosystem. It conducts
outreach programs at schools and in local communities.
CORALations established and administers a Conservation
Youth Corps, where local teens learn ocean conservation issues
by participating hands-on in marine biological field research. Activities
include post-hurricane coral restoration and monitoring, volunteering
with the U. S. Fish and Wildlife's sea turtle nesting program, bioluminescent
bay expeditions, and general coral reef and sea-grass observation
field trips. Youth Corps participants are then encouraged to take
part in educational outreach presentations to share their knowledge
and experiences with peers and adults in a public forum.
CORALations distributes bilingual educational materials
on the coral reef ecosystem to schools and to the general public,
and helps interested organizations and municipalities to produce regionally-specific
educational displays and brochures.