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.
JeffDavis
2018
JeffDavis
2024

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.

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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.

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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

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Corals outplanted

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Restoration sites

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Coral nursery capacity

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Restored area (m2)

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Our coral species

Last updated: February 2024

News

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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Coral Seeding Collaboration
Coral Seeding: Synergies in Technology and Application to Restore Coral Reefs in the Caribbean Fundación Dominicana de Estudios Marinos (FUNDEMAR) has joined forces with Reef Renewal Foundation Bonaire (RRFB) and SECORE International to implement innovative approaches for large scale coral restoration. Key actions include optimizing mass breeding of corals, engineering individual steps of Coral Seeding ...

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Safeguarding the Genetic Diversity of Bonaire’s Coral Reefs
Safeguarding the Genetic Diversity of Bonaire's Coral Reefs Reef Renewal Foundation Bonaire (RRFB) uses selective breeding and assisted fertilization to increase the resilience of Bonaire’s coral reefs in the face of disease and rapidly warming waters. RRFB and partner organization Secore International share tools, expertise, and resources to strengthen populations of key coral species in ...

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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.