Our Focus

Have you ever wondered what you can do to contribute to coral reef conservation? Reef Connect hopes to spread the word in the Virgin Islands on how everyone can do their part to support coral reefs.

10 Things You can do for Coral Reefs

  • Conserve Energy
  • Avoid harsh chemicals
  • Get informed
  • Shop wisely
  • Don’t touch or anchor on the reef
  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: especially plastics!
  • Choose sustainable seafood
  • Vote for conservation
  • Support conservation organizations
  • Volunteer

Coral Restoration

Coral restoration projects in the Virgin Islands aim to enhance coral populations by growing corals in seafloor nurseries and then transplanting nursery grown coral fragments to depleted reef sites.

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Reef Responsible

A market-driven approach to a sustainable seafood industry in the United States Virgin Islands.

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As ocean temperatures rise, coral reefs become more vulnerable to large scale bleaching events. The BleachWatch program looks to recreational divers, swimmers and snorkelers to provide feedback about local reef health before, during and after bleaching events.

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Marine Protected Areas

Marine Protected Areas (MPA’s) are established to protect ecosystems, preserve cultural resources or sustain fisheries. There are currently six MPA’s that make up the Virgin Islands Marine Protected Area Network striving to protect and conserve the territory’s marine resources.

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