Mission and History

Our History

Reef Renewal Foundation Bonaire is a non-profit organization founded in 2012, when Ken Nedimyer, Founder of Coral Restoration Foundation, was invited to visit the island to work with and assist Bonaire with their continued efforts to preserve Bonaire’s greatest assets, its coral reefs.

In February 2012, the Bonaire government together with the Bonaire National Marine Park, granted a permit to a local dive operator to start a reef restoration pilot project. The project centered on the restoration of the shallow reefs by establishing staghorn and elkhorn coral nurseries and restoration sites and still does today.
The project started with just a few corals in one nursery on Bonaire and has grown each year every since. Today, over 15,000 corals are grown in RRFB eight nurseries and over 34.000 corals have been outplanted back to Bonaire’s reefs.

Our Mission

Reef Renewal Foundation Bonaire protects and restores coral reefs in Bonaire by:

  • developing new and innovative ways to restore reefs that are supported by research collaborations and shared worldwide
  • training, engaging, and inspiring the community locally and internationally through volunteering, educational events, and outreach
  • demonstrating that through community efforts there is still hope for coral reefs

Our Vision

The vision of Reef Renewal Foundation Bonaire is a world:

  • Where knowledge and experience can be shared
  • Where reefs are protected and restored
  • Where reef degradation is halted
  • Where ocean awareness is promoted

Our Core Values

  • Be committed and determined
  • Be accountable
  • Be transparent
  • Be positive and motivational
  • Have integrity
  • Pursue growth and learning
  • Embrace and drive change