Coral Restoration Consortium


The Coral Restoration Consortium (CRC) is a community of practice comprised of scientists, managers, coral restoration practitioners, and educators dedicated to enabling coral reef ecosystems to survive the 21st century and beyond.

The CRC’s mission is to foster collaboration and technology transfer among participants, and to facilitate scientific and practical ingenuity to demonstrate that restoration can achieve meaningful results at scales relevant to reefs in their roles of protecting coastlines, supporting fisheries, and serving as economic engines for coastal communities.

To help increase the scale and efficiency of coral restoration, the Coral Restoration Consortium (CRC) will focus on the following topical priorities for the next three to five years. For each priority, a dedicated Working Group is being formed to develop solutions-oriented action plans and to help establish best management practices.

The priorities are:

  • Scaling-up in-water, land-based, and larval propagation
  • Designing projects to demonstrate multi-species ecosystem functioning and coastal protection
  • Coordinating and fostering genetics science into adaptive restoration
  • Developing restoration monitoring guidelines and common-access data platforms
3 year old Palmata with Diadema. Photo © NOAA Restoration Center

3 year old Palmata with Diadema. Photo © NOAA Restoration Center

The CRC will initially focus efforts on Caribbean coral restoration, but invites participation from scientists, managers, and practitioners working in other regions to help expand knowledge and collaboration. If successful in the Caribbean and resources permit we look forward to helping spread restoration efforts globally. Best practices and lessons learned from CRC efforts in the Caribbean will be shared with managers around the globe through the Reef Resilience Network.

To get involved with the CRC:

  • CLICK HERE to receive e-mail updates on the CRC’s development, newsletters with scholarly information on restoration, quarterly webinar announcements, and information on how to join Working Groups
  • Watch restoration webinars
  • Watch the ground-breaking film Chasing Coral streaming on Netflix

Coral Restoration Consortium Steering Committee

Scott Winters (Co-Chair), Coral Restoration Foundation
Tom Moore (Co-Chair), NOAA Restoration Center
Tali Vardi (Coordinator), NOAA Fisheries Office of Science and Technology
Luis Solorzano, The Nature Conservancy
Dirk Peterson, SECORE International
Diego Lirman, University of Miami
Ilsa Kuffner, U.S. Geological Survey
Les Kaufman, Boston University
Monica Borobia and Lucie Labbouz, UN Environment – Caribbean Environment Programme
Dave Vaughan, Mote Marine Laboratories
Phanor Montoya, Corales de Paz
Anastazia Banazak, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Andrew Ross, Seascape Caribbean
Gabriela Nava, Oceanus AC

For general inquires on the CRC please email or contact the CRC Coordinator Tali Vardi (NOAA) or the CRC Co-Chairs Scott Winters (Coral Restoration Foundation) or Tom Moore (NOAA).

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