Global Reef Support Network
For the Creation, Deployment and Monitoring of our Coral Reefs

We are one Blue Planet.


The Reef Support Network is an informal coalition and platform for organizations, small businesses, researchers, and members of the public that are interested in any aspect of coral reef conservation or restoration to get involved and accelerate reef recovery. Our mission is to foster cross-activity (creation, deployment and monitoring) collaboration to towards a reef-positive society, and our focus lies on social outreach, educational awareness and impact.

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Featured Organizations

APR 2022
Indonesia Biru Foundation
Lombok, Indonesia
Indonesia Biru Foundation was established in 2020 as an independent organization based in Lombok, working on coral reef research, restoration, and coastal community development. It’s vision is to increase the marine literacy of the Indonesian society through science and partnerships with other local communities to integrate scientific findings for practical field use to protect coral reefs.
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REEFolution
Kenya
REEFolution trains and educates local communities to restore and protect coral reefs. Present activities of the REEFolution foundation includes: Coral Reef Restoration, Research and monitoring, training of local community members to become REEF Rangers in three-months.
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ORCA Foundation
Cape Town, South Africa
The ORCA Foundation, a conservation node of Ocean Blue Adventures was designed to create awareness about marine conservation issues facing Plettenberg Bay. Volunteers of different ages and backgrounds come from all over the world to learn and provide valuable assistance in a wide variety of meaningful projects.
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Cape RADD
Cape Town, South Africa
Cape RADD facilitates SCUBA and freediving training courses for individuals who want to learn more about the marine environment through hands on field experience and diver development. Their courses include training in data collection and field operation techniques from field biologists and dive experts.
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What makes up the Network?

Beaches & Coastlines

Each year, billions of pounds of trash and other pollutants enter the ocean. Some of the debris ends up on our beaches, washed in with the waves and tides. Waste then sink, eaten by animals that mistake it for food or accumulate in ocean gyres. Despite the economic benefits of tourism, beach managers have grown increasingly resistant to continued resort development due to lack of clear predictive insights and planning strategies. We brings informative insights to better manage coastal and land-based pollution for healthier beaches and coastlines.

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Creation

Creation is about first creating knowledge about our oceans and coastlines, whether in research-labs or in the field, and ultimately creating innovating solutions to create a climate-proof future for our coral reefs. This can include activities on coral gene-editing, microfragmentation techniques or creation of new sustainable materials for artificial reefs that boost local marine biodiversity.

We promote the acquisition and dissemination of scientific knowledge to secure coral reefs for future generations. This is why we work with universities and marine research institutions to connect end-users and forming a case for applied research, or grant early access to our software tools to student-research projects on a case-by-case basis. Also see Reef Students (bottom of page) for more information on how to work with us for research purposes.

Deployment

Many organizations around the world depend on the strength of the public-at-large to engage in coral restoration activities, through eco-tourism packages, conservation diving and educational field trips. Based on experience, when we are able to attract more people looking for an adventure, we also create a society of ocean leaders.

When vistors come out of the water, the unforgettable dive means that they are now forever a marine conservationist. The Global Reef Support Network is a platform for these organizations to seek new customers and volunteers to their country and sites. We hope that through this coalition, we can leverage on the power of the community and build relationships with new ocean ambassadors.

Monitoring

The only way we can ensure that our actions to create a more thriving marine ecosystem is to establish long-term monitoring programs. This can be done by local authorities but also by individual organizations and educational field trips that when data is brought together, can play a vital role in understanding why various coral types survive under specific conditions.

Combining commonly used underwater imagery in monitoring with automated image annotation can dramatically improve how we measure and monitor coral reefs worldwide, particularly in terms of allocating limited resources, rapid reporting and data integration within and across geographies. Through our online web application, available to these participating organizations so that individuals can upload underwater images and that the larger society can benefit from cross-platform open data to support our reefs for the long term.

Coral Lab

Coral reefs are exceptionally valuable; they provide food, livelihoods and economic opportunity to more than half a billion people in over 100 countries; they are also teeming with life, hosting a quarter of all known marine species. Nearly 200 million people depend on coral reefs to protect them from storm surges and waves. Increased acidification, pollution, fishing and other forms of coastal activities all impact our fuure of our coral reefs.

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