Giving Bonaire’s Reef
a Helping Hand

We protect and restore coral reefs in Bonaire by developing
new and innovative ways to restore reefs that are supported
by research collaborations and shared worldwide.

Dedicated to restoring Bonaire’s coral reefs

Since 2012, Reef Renewal Foundation Bonaire has been dedicated to restoring Bonaire’s coral reefs through innovative coral nurseries and restoration techniques. Guided by our key priorities, we continue to restore multiple coral species, educate people from around the world about how they can help, and use the latest science and research to guide and shape our techniques.

Our techniques

We assist the recovery of deteriorated coral reef areas in Bonaire, using active coral restoration as a strategy to preserve and enhance the population of coral species.


Coral Fragmentation

Coral propagation by fragmentation is a coral reef restoration technique that is based on the asexual reproduction of corals. It allows us to harness the natural process of fragmentation to propagate large numbers of corals.


Larval Propagation

We use coral sexual reproduction as a coral reef restoration method. This method increases the genetic diversity of corals on reefs scales up the number of corals we can outplant.

Do you want to get involved with coral restoration?

Have you ever wished you could give something back to the underwater world that has provided you with beautiful and fun experiences since the moment you learned to dive? Are you ready to dive for a worthy cause?

Explore Our Impact

Discover our projects around Bonaire and witness the positive changes we’ve made around the island.

Want to help?

The Adopt A Coral program is designed to provide a tangible way to engage in Reef Renewal Foundation Bonaire’s restoration efforts. When adopting through the program, you are directly funding the restoration of Bonaire’s reefs.

Thousands of corals are propagated through fragmentation and larval rearing techniques and strategically outplanted later to local degraded reefs on Bonaire, promoting genetic diversity.

Photo by Lorenzo Mittiga

Every coral counts in our mission to restore the reefs


Corals outplanted

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Restoration sites


Coral nursery capacity


Restored area (m2)


Our coral species

Last updated: February 2024


ReeFiesta 2024
ReeFiesta 2024: Creating Community & Restoring Hope for Bonaire’s Reefs Reef Renewal Foundation Bonaire (RRFB) hosted its 6th annual ReeFiesta event on Saturday June 1st to celebrate World Reef Awareness Day, in collaboration with 13 dive shops and 5 local sponsors. Over 120 divers and snorkelers had their first experience practicing hands-on coral restoration at ...

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Ecological Symbiosis: Caribbean Reefs and the Long-Spined Sea Urchin
By RRFB Intern Jordan Edwards Coral reef health is determined by many ecological factors including water temperature, water quality, and sunlight exposure, just to name a few. However, there is a lesser-known contributor that also affects the health of coral reefs: grazers. Grazers on a coral reef hold the same importance as cows in a ...

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Nursery Expansion Project
RRFB Expands Capacity of Coral Nurseries RRFB is expanding its network of coral nurseries and restoration sites around Bonaire and Klein Bonaire. RRFB employs selective propagation and breeding to strengthen coral populations, targeting coral genotypes that have demonstrated resilience to rising temperatures and stony coral tissue loss disease (SCTLD). This project is made possible through ...

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Reef Renewal Foundation Bonaire is a non-profit, non-governmental organization located in Bonaire. We have an official ANBI-status as designated by the Dutch Tax Administration (RSIN 825690468), and are accredited as a CAF America Validated Organization. Our Fiscal Identification Number is 303074802. RRFB is also a registered Global Giving non-profit organization as of 2024.