CORAL's work includes educating local communities and building alliances with governments, agencies, research institutions, and other NGOs to protect coral reefs. Locally, CORAL's priorities are to maintain clean water, healthy fisheries, and protected habitat.
Globally, CORAL researches conservation strategies and informs scientists and policy makers. Additionally, CORAL is currently developing a coral bleaching response network using high-resolution satellite images to monitor coral reefs and bleaching events.
CORAL is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. They are funded by individual donors, foundations, as well as corporate and government grants. In 2021, CORAL raised more than $4 million in total revenue. $1.3 million of this came from individual and corporate contributions, with the remaining $2.7 million coming from foundation and government grants.