Who we are

Dedicated to restoring Bonaire’s coral reefs

Reef Renewal Foundation Bonaire assists 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.

Mission

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

Our priorities

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Coral Restoration

Propagate thousands of corals every year, using fragmentation and larval propagation techniques, and outplanted to the reef, aiming to increase coral abundance and genetic diversity.

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Research & Science

Work with partner research scientists and institutes to answer questions that will continue to advance the restoration method and scale-up the positive impact on the reefs.

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Network Building

Collaborate with institutions and organizations internationally to facilitate the exchange of information and develop best practices within the growing field of coral restoration.

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Outreach & Involvement

Involve the community and take collective actions, while educating the public about the importance of Bonaire’s coral reef, and the need for conservation and restoration.

How it all started

Reef Renewal Foundation Bonaire was founded in 2012, when Ken Nedimyer, Founder of Coral Restoration Foundation in the Florida Keys, 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 for a project centered on the restoration of the shallow reef population of staghorn and elkhorn corals.
The project started with just two small nurseries and few corals and has grown each year every since. Today, Reef Renewal Foundation Bonaire is supported by many diveshops on the island, works on multiple corals species with different techniques, and has outplanted back to the reef over 40,000 corals.